Sometimes, terrible things happen to good people.
You know the world is sometimes scary, not always safe, and often unpredictable.
Child abuse happens. Sexual victimization is prevalent, and schools and communities experience unprovoked shootings.
Domestic violence tears through homes, impacting children and adults. People have terrible accidents, changing lives forever. Pandemics and illness occur, resulting in the sudden, unexpected loss of loved ones.
No one is exempt. Terrible things affect everyone – children, teens, and adults.
You feel miserable.
You can’t move past the terrible car accident you had.
The guy at the party wouldn’t take no for an answer, and you couldn’t get away. Your ex used you as a punching bag. The friendly guy in the neighborhood turned out to be a pedophile.
Your child overdoses on heroin and dies unexpectedly, leaving you bereft. Your victimized child suddenly starts misbehaving like you have never seen before or regresses in their behavior. They are sad, scared, and clingy.
You feel guilty and ashamed that this happened.
The event starts to take its toll.
Now you can’t sleep. When you do, you have terrible nightmares. Memories of what happened to you invade your thoughts throughout the day.
Fear and panic cause you to avoid people and interactions. You trust no one and start to blame yourself.
Depression and anxiety become part of every day.
It’s hard to understand what’s happening.
Well-meaning people are giving you advice. “You’re fine – just don’t think about it.” “Talking about it will just upset you.”
“If I talk to my child about what happened, it will just upset them, and they won’t be able to forget.”
But you can’t stop thinking about what happened, and you feel very alone.
Some trauma persists, impacting your life.
Untreated trauma and traumatic grief don’t “go away” by themselves. The results of trauma impact relationships, jobs, and school performance.
Traumatized people become stuck in their growth, unable to integrate new experiences and move forward. After trauma, we experience the world differently.
Trauma can impact our moods, leading to anxiety and depression, and affect our physical health.
Whatever your symptoms, they won’t just go away.
You are not alone.
Together, we will face what has happened to you.
For too long, you attempted to avoid painful emotions from the trauma. The traumatic event never goes away, causing hyperarousal and a desire for self-protection if something happens again.
Our work together will focus on emotionally processing your experiences and managing the intrusive nature of those symptoms that make your life miserable.
Dealing with the worst that has happened to you can be hard, even painful. However, in a safe environment, we will gradually and safely process your experience.
The result will be reducing the intense emotions you have in response to your trauma and other related issues such as depression, anxiety, anger, and guilt.
Reach out now by calling (215) 872-9254, and let’s get started reclaiming your life.