AUSTIN TEXAS TRAUMA RECOVERY
Do you find yourself with sleeping trouble? Are you worried about how people are thinking about you? Maybe you know you’re not on the right path, but aren’t sure of what path is better. Maybe you have been deeply sad, or feeling lonely for years. Individual therapy can help all of these issues.
Wondering which therapy might be right for you? There are many types of therapies out there. We specialize in experiential and depth psychotherapies because they work with the brain to produce long term change.
But all of those details don’t matter so much-- the most important thing when it comes to picking a therapist is match. Do you feel that the person sitting across from you gets you, is interested in you, is giving you their full presence? Are you feeling comfortable with them? Do they help you feel open and welcome while helping you look at things that are hard to face?
We offer free initial consultations for half an hour in person so that you can get a feel for your therapist before you choose to engage in a therapy relationship. As far as which therapeutic modality may be right for you, that kind of depends on what you’re dealing with. If you’ve heard of one of our therapies, or are interested in learning more about therapy, feel free to explore the website as we describe many different modalities here.
If you are wondering what kind of therapy may be right for you, or don’t even know where to start, but think you might be interested schedule a consultation—there’s no obligation on your part.
No matter how you approach it, Trauma Therapy can cause some distress. We work very hard to titrate trauma work so that it feels as safe and comfortable as possible.
Memory reconsolidation is one of the focuses of all of our trauma treatments. When an emotional learning occurs (something big happened, it had an emotional marker, your brain remembered it and held onto a larger meaning), it is hard to access. Emotional memories cause behaviors and feelings that can be unwanted today.
Ready for an example? Jane has trouble in intimate relationships. She worries that if she says the wrong thing, she’ll be judged. This causes her to not say everything she’s thinking and feeling to her partner, and keeps her further away from her partner than she wants to be. She gets this intellectually, but can’t seem to stop doing it. Recognizing the issue and even the reason for the issue hasn’t worked.
When her therapist helps Jane do some neural network tracking, Jane remembers experiences with her mom where sometimes her mom was warm and friendly, and sometimes her mom would roll her eyes and say under her breath, “That’s ridiculous.” Jane has no idea that the memories from her mom going back and forth between warmth and judgement have anything to do with her current dilemma. Jane and her therapist work together following sensations, emotions, thoughts, and images. They discover that Jane is accidentally living in memory, expecting judgment if she says the wrong thing, causing her to become more quiet, like she did with her mother. Trauma work can help with this. Memory reconsolidation can be used to unlearn that expectation of judgement, so that Jane can feel more free to speak and to be close. Trauma recovery work is meant for more than just people who experience severe PTSD.
If you do have severe PTSD, we have therapists trained in many methods that will address the symptoms and the underlying causes of your trauma. Trauma counseling can come in many forms. Memories, dreams, uncomfortable emotional feelings, and sometimes uncomfortable physical sensations will accompany trauma work. Your therapist will work with you to find the best trauma techniques for your issue. They can help you investigate whether or not something traumatic happened to cause your current issues, and can recommend treatment strategies that are as gentle as possible.