Trauma and PTSD


Trauma and Its Impacts

Trauma impacts lives in ways that can cause challenges with daily functioning in work, family, intimate relationships, and friendships, and how your normal routines have been altered, shaped, and influenced by your traumatic experiences to avoid the negative reactions that may occur within you. The traumatic event could have led you to develop symptoms that create what is known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or you could have some post traumatic symptoms without full PTSD.

Unresolved trauma greatly increases the future likelihood of developing mental health disorders, increases your likelihood for physical illnesses such as diabetes, heart attacks or heart failure, stroke, and increases the likelihood of developing an addiction. Either way, counseling is a great way to work through the symptoms to help you to return to better functioning and more fulfilling life. If this is what brings you to counseling, it is best to work with a therapist trained to work with trauma.


Trauma Support at Free Spirit

In trauma work, the extra training and your therapeutic relationship with your therapist help you on your journey toward resiliency and recovery. Multiple providers at Free Spirit have extensive trauma training and experience in working with people who have experienced trauma(s). However, they each work with trauma in fairly different ways.

Dr.  Jill Nardin, LPC, Debbie Vara, LPC, Blair Farrar, LPC,  and Chris Doriani, LCSW incorporate Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for those who would benefit from that form of treatment, along with some other trauma informed evidence-based practices. Dr. Lynn Bañez, LPC uses Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TI-CBT) or Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Both therapists integrate some Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills along with other skills and strategies designed to fit your individual worldview.

We welcome you to schedule with us to take the next step on your healing journey.