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Often the predominant, most difficult experience of traumatic stress.
It is often experienced as a combined cognitive and physiological process. Nervousness, agitation, gastrointestinal issues, agitation, racing thoughts, sleep disturbances, overeating and extreme fitness are some ways people manage in high levels of anxiety.
A deeply seated, often implicit element of traumatic stress, which leads to distorted, and at times, extreme thoughts.
When experiencing fear, clients often have thoughts of wanting to get out of the space they are in.
Anxiety is closely linked to implicit fear.
Can be experienced as flashbacks or moments in time where a client re-experiences the event in real time.
These can be terrifying and confusing, and clients can often feel very distressed They are often accompanied by a disassociate state where it feels as if you re outside of yourself.
Clients can process and resolve these events.
Based on the empirical research of Dr. Patricia Resick, Dr. Katherine Chard, and Dr. Candace Monson, as well as demonstrated efficacy, Cognitive Processing Therapy is a specific trauma modality that address the often problematic thinking that accompanies a traumatic experience(s).
CPT is trademarked by Dr. Resick, Dr. Chard, and Dr. Monson
Substance help reduce the symptoms of traumatic stress. Ingesting substances has an immediate affect on the physiological processes within the body, and has the tendency to calm clients.
However, when chemical dependency develops, it often does the opposite, and aggravates already problematic responses for the client
Clients often experience symptoms of traumatic stress within their bodies. However, often it becomes the new normal way of operating. What was previously a 1 or 2 in terms of anxiety, may now be a baseline of 4 or 6. The body adapts to this "new norm", and clients simply go through their day and lives.
However, prolonged exposure to this level of stress within the body can create long term health adversity.
This is about building our relationship, gaining awareness around your cognitive and physiological responses, and most importantly, resourcing.
Clients often feel significant relief from their stress during this process.
This period of treatment involves utilizing various treatment and therapeutic modalities to treat and process emotional responses to trauma.
This isn't about "talking about the event(s)".
By accessing somatic resources, physiological responses, and cognitive distortions, a pattern of emotional congruency takes place.
This is the period about getting back to your life.
This is the process of taking all you have learned and processed, utilizing resources and strengths, and living a healthy life while maintaining the strengths you have gained.
I spent a large part of my adult life in the military. It was there that I first became interested in human behaviour. I witnessed firsthand, the devastation of posttraumtic stress. As a result of the Balkans and Afghanistan conflicts, I saw many of my fellow military colleagues struggle with significant mental health struggles.
I pursued my education at the same time I was transitioning out of the military. While working full time, I pursued both Bachelor of Social Work, and then a Masters in Counselling Psychology. I am presently enrolled in a Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I worked for several years in front line addiction treatment, where I became very interested in trauma. I took training through The Trauma Center In Boston, MA, and after that, began to work exclusively with clients struggling with traumatic stress.
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