Trauma & PTSD

Trauma, and its more damaging version, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), are damaging to the soul. Trauma undermines our sense of self and can intrude on our daily functioning. Treatment of trauma and PTSD are an important area of specialty here at Brain Healing.

There are differences between experiencing a trauma and being traumatized. All of us will experience traumas in our lives:

  • The loss of a parent
  • Loss of a friend/end of a relationship
  • The loss of a job
  • Debilitating illness or injury

A trauma is an experience that is difficult and painful for us when it happens, but over time, it becomes an experience that we can gradually put into the rearview mirror of our lives; it no longer intrudes on our daily life except to be a distant, painful and/or difficult memory. In other words, we have control of that memory.

Being traumatized by an experience is different. That is, in effect, what PTSD is about. When we are traumatized by an experience, it keeps coming back on us as if it were happening today. It can be triggered by a sound, a smell, a movement, etc.  We have been traumatized when we experience:

  • Intrusive memories
  • Hypervigilance (being on red alert 24/7/365)
  • Numbing of ourselves with addictions and withdrawal from feeling relational emotions

When we have been traumatized, we require therapy to move through and past those experiences that affect us.  This may be traumatization from childhood and/or adulthood or both.

Jack Stell is a PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivor and thriver. He has experienced both childhood and adult traumatization. Jack has undergone his own therapy in order to live a more fulfilling life. Along the way he has acquired the knowledge and skills to help other people as a therapist. Though we use many approaches, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is our primary approach to resolve trauma.

In order for therapy to be successful, trust is essential between therapist and client. It is a critical component of good therapy. Trust is earned – it is not a light switch. We respect our client’s sensitivities and priorities in therapy. Let us work with you to reclaim your life affected by trauma.