Are you struggling with events from the past that plague you?
Do you wish you could find your way out of reliving those painful emotions?
If this sounds like you, you are in the right place. I’d like to welcome you to the start of your journey on the road to relief from your past. By making the choice to seek change you are already improving your position for the future and setting yourself up for success. It can be easier than you think if you have the right guide.
My 6 Steps to Emotional Fitness system is based on proven methods, THAT WORK! These techniques are used with people around the world who have experienced trauma and have been found to be successful. One of these techniques, EMDR Therapy, has been widely studied and has evidence proving its success. I have seen amazing changes in suffering people who never thought they could get over a traumatic memory.
Learn about one such client in my book: Limitless Possibilities: Stories of Hope and Change
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6 Steps to Emotional Fitness After Trauma
What happens after a very scary or painful experience? Instead of getting over it, we often get stuck. This can lead to distressing changes in how we feel, think, and act. We might not even realize that the changes are related to the painful experience, until we remember how things were different before. Or the memory itself could be the problem, popping up in disturbing ways.
In trauma, there is an emotional wound or shock to the system, causing stress, sometimes suffering, confusion and damage to a person. Our normal defense mechanisms start to shut down or stop functioning as usual. Examples of trauma include witnessing violence, physical abuse or assault, accidents, injuries and illnesses to self and loved ones. Common symptoms experienced include stress, depression, anxiety, shame or guilt, trouble sleeping, not caring anymore, fearfulness, bad temper and relationship problems.
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms your quality of life has surely suffered. When quality of life suffers, it can be impossible to function healthily. How do you get “unstuck” and free from these symptoms? My 6 Steps to Emotional Fitness is based on proven methods that work. These techniques including EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) are used with people around the world who have experienced trauma and have been found to be successful and I have the expertise to help you discover the same relief. Our goal is to allow you to live the life free of the burden the trauma placed on you and that can happen for you. You have already begun to take the first step by reading this. Take the next step by contacting me, so that we can begin your journey to healing and hope.
In therapy, we’ll take these 6 steps to free you from the burden of a traumatic past so you can live a joyful life free of reliving painful memories.
Step One: Get the full picture
This is your opportunity to examine your history, discuss what events are impacting your life today as well as exactly how they are affecting you. I’ll ask a variety of questions to help paint the big picture and we’ll make sure you are a good fit for this program.
Step Two: Decide our strategy as a team
Together we will discuss the types of therapies are available and how they could work for you. We will discuss the process, the potential length of treatment and what outcomes you can expect. It is important that you are well informed and give input so that you get the most benefit out of your therapy. I merely provide the roadway; you are in charge of driving the bus.
Step Three: Gear up
Each of us has strengths and character traits that we have drawn upon to get us through tough times. It is vital that we both identify andfortify these. This is especially true when someone has experienced a life changing event. We will identify what those strengths are and maximize your potential to use them.
Step Four: Ready, set, go!
Here we work together to help you stop replaying negative memories over and over. We “jump start” your brain into reprocessing memories in a new way, ending the effects of trauma. This may include EMDR Therapy or other techniques.
Step Five: Out with the old, in with the new
At this point in therapy, you will learn to banish negative thoughts and replace them with positive, healthy ones. We will work to discover new ways to look at old beliefs that held you hostage in the past.
Step Six: Rewrite your ending
It is possible to find relief from trauma and hope for a new future. Free of the past, you’ll discover what life can be like with a new ending. In session, you will experience the positive feelings that come from identifying what your new ending could be. Although it takes hard work to achieve, as your therapist, I’m here to support and guide you. The best part of my work is when I reflect back with a client on their journey of success.
In order to avoid emotional upheaval in our lives, it’s important to prevent minor upsets from turning into major problems.