“We are not what happened to us, we are what we wish to become.”
You survived. It’s over. But the past still haunts you. It’s exhausting living in a constant state of worry, tension and feeling sick to your stomach. Therapy for trauma is one of our areas of expertise. We utilize evidence-based therapies (e.g., EMDR) that have strong scientific evidence to alleviate symptoms. Imagine feeling stronger, happier & more satisfied in life. We want to share real-life tools and strategies that can help.
We provide thorough trauma-informed psychological testing for clarification of diagnosis and tailored recommendations for treatment.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy) - an evidence-based treatment for trauma developed in 1989 by Dr. Francine Shapiro.
This therapy is designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories by using a bilateral stimulation approach (eye movements) that facilitate the accessing and processing of traumatic material stored in our brain with the goal of resolution.
Many people report that they feel a significant reduction or complete elimination of distress and traumatic symptoms. Also, clients report a difference in how they think and feel about their past traumas.
EMDR is an 8 phase treatment that is provided only by those who have received extensive training.
Couples Trauma Therapy
Have you or your spouse been affected by a recent traumatic incident? Have you endured a traumatic incident together as a couple? Has your partner suffered from chronic trauma? We can help.
We offer couples therapy for couples affected by trauma. We love working with all types of couples including LGBTQ+, interracial and interfaith couples.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a condition a person may develop after exposure to a life-threatening event or an event that threatens a person’s sense of safety. It is normal to experience symptoms of PTSD following a traumatic event, however if these symptoms do not improve over time, it may indicate a mental health condition.
According to the National Center for PTSD, about 7 or 8 out of every 100 people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. It’s important to note that not everyone who experiences symptoms of PTSD was subject to a life-threatening event. For example, a sudden and unexpected loss can trigger a PTSD reaction.
Symptoms of PTSD
- Feeling detached or numb
- Difficulty remembering details of traumatic event
- Nightmares, flashbacks, or intrusive memories of the trauma
- Negative changes in your thoughts or beliefs (e.g., no one can be trusted)
- Physical reactions to reminders of trauma (e.g., racing heart, sweating, nausea, re-experiencing physical sensations of the trauma)
- Dissociation/Loss of time – inability to recall events or details for hours or days at a time
- Easily startled or hypervigilant
How We Help PTSD & Trauma
The therapists at The Psychology Group can help. Trauma therapy is one of our areas of expertise along with treating co-occuring symptoms such as sleep disturbance, panic attacks, social anxiety, etc. In addition to the treatments outlined above, we use very effective therapies (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy) that have strong scientific evidence to reduce symptoms.
Call The Psychology Group Fort Lauderdale at (954) 488-2933 for a free phone consultation today.
What to Expect From Trauma Therapy
- The first step is to give us a call: (954) 488-2933
- Our practice offers complimentary 15-minute phone consultations. During this consultation we will learn more about your needs and goals. You'll be matched with one of our expert therapists
- Next, you'll meet with your therapist for an initial session. There, your trauma specialist will get a very thorough understanding of your unique background, history and what you'd like to accomplish. She'll share her ideas for an action plan and collaboratively, you'll both decide next steps
- Treatment for trauma & PTSD typically includes other team members as appropriate. You might be recommended to visit a general physician, psychiatrist and/or dietician as part of your treatment team to address both mind and body
- Trauma therapy is typically very hands on. Examples of what therapy sessions will focus on include: learning how to relax the body and decrease physiological arousal, improving positive self-talk, understanding your triggers, learning skills & strategies to manage uncomfortable symptoms