Trauma is the Greek Word Meaning "Wound"

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,  61% of men and 51% of women report exposure of at least one lifetime traumatic event. Since in my experience people tend to underreport such matters, or perhaps do not want to disclose that something traumatic occurred at all, the numbers are probably higher. A large proportion of people who have endured a trauma (or traumas) never receive the help they need and deserve to effectively cope with their experiences. Unfortunately this means a lot of people are walking around with some pretty significant wounds. 

CCPC Can Help

Cat City Psychotherapy Corp. offers individual and group therapy for individuals who have experienced some sort of traumatic event or events. Our work will focus on three components: Safety/Stabilization, Trauma Memory Processing, and reconnecting the person you once were with the person you are now. You won’t do anything that you aren’t ready for, but you will likely be able to challenge yourself with the tools learned and the support provided. 

What Will I have to Do?

We will together decide on the best plan of action and develop goals and objectives that fit your unique circumstances and strengths. Through one on one meetings, you will learn, practice and get really good at the skills necessary to help you keep calm even when facing the things you want to forget, Once we both feel confidant in your ability to perform the variety of tools that will make up your toolbox, we will continue with trauma processing.  It probably seems scary right now to even consider looking back at what is causing you so much distress, but just remember: (1) You are probably stronger and more resilient than you think you are, and (2) You have the power to put the brakes on if you don’t think you are ready. 

The Alternative is to Have Things Remain the Same

Whether something really bad just happened to you or it happened a long time ago, you find yourself easily startled and always on your guard.  Your sleep sucks, as does your ability to remember things.  And the things that you would like to forget, seem to come back to you in nightmares and/or flashbacks; at times it feels like what happened is happening all over again. Maybe you have been isolating yourself from others as a means to not deal with what you experienced, or perhaps you throw yourself into activities (work, recreational substances, gambling, risky behaviors) with the hope that something will help you forget. Your view of the world has become one of gloom and doom, and the future doesn’t seem bright. Triggers. Let’s not forget the triggers. Something….a smell, a sound, a faintly familiar voice will take you back almost like a time machine and put you right back in the traumatic situation.

What's In It for You?

Where to begin? It may have seemed like you have been going through life like you were wearing a pair of dark sunglasses.  Suddenly, due to all the hard work you have done, the dark shades can be replaced.  You can see things for what they are, and not for threat they might become. Your self-esteem will likely improve substantially, and rather than feeling numb you will regain the ability to experience multiple emotions. And most importantly, you will believe in the possibility of a brighter future. Will things be perfect? Probably not, but you will be much better prepared to deal with the imperfections.