In Person and Online Therapy Sessions Available | (616) 309 0737
2460 Burton St SE #101, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
In Person and Online Therapy Sessions Available | (616) 309 0737
2460 Burton St SE #101, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Trauma Therapy

Are You Struggling To Feel A Connection With Yourself And Those Around You?

Do you find that your relationships consist of trust issues, intimacy problems, and difficulty expressing your emotions? Have you endured a traumatic experience that has left you emotionally and psychologically vulnerable? Do you have difficulty coping with feelings of inadequacy or low self-worth?

Perhaps your past experiences have led you to believe you aren’t worthy of healthy relationships, and as a result, you self-sabotage and push people away. In a professional setting, you probably try to overcompensate for your trauma by doing your best to be successful and not allowing anyone to see that deep down, you feel broken. On the flip side, maybe you try to keep yourself small and unseen because your diminished sense of self-worth has caused you to lose sight of your value.

All you can think about is finding a way to feel like yourself again so that you can move forward. You want to regain a sense of safety, peace, and control in your life.

Living With Trauma/ PTSD Means You’re Living With More Than Just The Mistrust Of Others 

Enduring trauma/PTSD is never easy, and the symptoms and severity vary from person to person. No one experience is the same. 

Maybe you’ve been experiencing:

  • emotional numbness or detachment
  • struggling to feel positive emotions
  • intense emotional reactions
  • shame/ guilt
  • difficulty concentrating
  • intrusive thoughts
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • suicidal ideation
  • substance abuse
  • trauma bonding

You are strong and resilient for having lived with trauma/ PTSD. It is one of the most difficult and unpredictable experiences one can endure. At Evolve Therapy Group, we see your pain and want to help you get to the point where your past traumas can no longer harm you. You can heal and move forward with your life.

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Many People Have Endured Some Form Of Trauma In Their Lifetime

Trauma is sadly a widespread issue that impacts people of all backgrounds and ages. Around 60% of men and 50% of women experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Additionally, childhood trauma, such as abuse and neglect, is also regrettably common. Approximately 61% of adults surveyed in the United States have endured at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE), which can result in long-lasting physical and mental health challenges. (1)

The Mental Health Stigma That Society Has Created Only Exacerbates The Impact Of Trauma/PTSD

The stigma surrounding mental health issues presents a significant barrier to seeking help for trauma-related symptoms across various cultures and communities. Within these contexts, deeply ingrained cultural norms and expectations often emphasize resilience and stoicism, promoting the idea that people should endure hardships without expressing vulnerability or seeking much-needed support. 

Consequently, those experiencing trauma-related symptoms may internalize these expectations, feeling ashamed, afraid, or weak for experiencing emotional distress. This can drastically worsen symptoms, decrease awareness, and perpetuate the stigma that seeking help is a weakness, and you should be able to deal with these issues on your own.

Therapy can help you experience significant relief from trauma/PTSD symptoms. While healing from trauma can feel like a terrifying first step, it’s important to know that you are not alone and that there is hope for healing. 

Trauma Therapy Can Help You Let Go Of The Pain

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During trauma/PTSD therapy sessions, we provide a safe and trusting therapeutic environment where you are encouraged to express yourself without fear of judgment or re-traumatization. Building trust with your therapist is a crucial part of the process as we work collaboratively to help you gain a better understanding of how trauma has affected your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. 

Within this safe space we have created for you, we encourage you to set your own goals toward healing so we can work side by side to help you achieve them. With us, you can unburden yourself and know that your thoughts and feelings are heard and validated.

Our Approach To Trauma/PTSD Therapy

Psychodynamic Therapy: allows us to explore what situations trigger your symptoms and how they affect your thoughts and behaviors. 

During therapy, we allow you to work toward integrating your traumatic experiences into your narrative in a way that reduces emotional and psychological distress. Trauma processing may also be incorporated through various therapeutic techniques, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), prolonged exposure therapy, or narrative therapy. We also take the time to teach you coping skills to manage trauma-related symptoms and everyday stressors. You will also learn adaptive ways to cope with anxiety, depression, and other emotional challenges.

During sessions, you will learn grounding techniques so you can stay connected to the present moment when triggered by traumatic memories. These techniques will help reduce dissociation and panic. Your therapist will work with you to help you recognize triggers, and understand how they influence your reactions. This awareness helps you respond more effectively. 

Trauma-informed therapy is used to create a supportive and empowering environment for you to take on an active role in your healing journey. It allows us to understand how trauma has impacted your life and helps us address them so you can move forward.

Narrative Therapy: helps you to reframe your traumatic experiences and create a more empowering narrative about yourself. It helps you to externalize the impact of trauma, viewing it as a separate entity rather than defining your identity.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): helps you to understand and manage the intense emotions often associated with trauma/PTSD. Emotion regulation skills help you tolerate distressing emotions without becoming overwhelmed or engaging in unhealthy coping behaviors. 

Recovery from trauma is not only possible but highly achievable through therapy and guidance. With the help of our skilled and compassionate therapists at Evolve Therapy Group and evidence-based treatment approaches, you can regain control over your life and begin a path toward happiness and healing. 

Perhaps You Still Have Some Questions About Trauma Therapy…

What if I can’t talk about my trauma or my emotions—Will therapy still be effective if I struggle to express myself?

Research has shown that therapy can be highly effective in treating trauma without revisiting traumatic events. While everyone’s journey is unique, many people experience improvements in their symptoms with the right therapeutic approach. The key is to work collaboratively with your therapist to tailor the treatment to your specific needs.

 

How much does therapy for trauma cost, and will my insurance cover it?

The cost of therapy can vary depending on insurance coverage. Our billing department can verify your insurance benefits and let you know.

Will therapy make me worse before I get better?

While everyone’s journey in trauma/PTSD therapy is different, it’s important to understand that healing isn’t always a linear process. While it’s possible to experience temporary challenges, therapy is ultimately designed to support your growth and resilience. With the guidance of our experienced therapists, you’ll gradually develop coping skills, gain insights, and integrate your experiences in a way that fosters healing and growth.

Trauma Therapy Can Help You Feel Safe And Secure In Your Own Skin

If you’d like to finally feel safe, happy, and in control of your life again— trauma/PTSD counseling with Evolve Therapy Group can provide you with the support, expertise, and resources you need to navigate this transformative process. To find out about how our approach to trauma/PTSD therapy can help you regain control of your life and peace of mind, please call (616) 309-0737.

(1) https://hr.nih.gov/working-nih/civil/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd-2023#:~:text

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