Trauma & PTSD


Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

A rape. A sexual assault. A serious car accident. Seeing someone you love die unexpectedly. A debilitating injury. A natural disaster. A trauma is any event which overwhelms a person’s ability to cope. You may recover on your own after a few weeks or months. On the other hand, symptoms that you may need some extra help.

Signs that you might be developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) include finding yourself feeling jumpy, avoiding things that remind you of the event, difficulty sleeping/nightmares, having moments where it feels like you are reliving the trauma, difficulty concentrating, withdrawing from others or feeling depressed. You don’t have to live with these symptoms of PTSD. Trauma treatment can help you recover from PTSD symptoms.  Aspire Counseling has therapists who are trained in evidence based trauma therapies such as Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  We also have a play therapist who can work with children and their parents after a traumatic experience.  Regardless of your age or unique situation, we will work with you to find the treatment that will take you from fear to confidence; from dread to hope and from broken to whole.

Regardless of where you are in the healing process, as a Columbia, MO area counseling center, we want to help you find healing.

Grounding for Flashbacks & Nightmares

If you, like many people, experience flashbacks or nightmares after a traumatic experience, consider creating a Grounding Kit. To talk further about how to make one of these kits work for your individual situation, schedule an appointment. During individual sessions, we can talk about the purpose of grounding, practice grounding exercises and come up with a plan for you to put together an individualized Grounding Kit to have available and help you cope when you begin to feel like you are reliving or suffering from your traumatic experience.

Blog Posts related to Trauma

Learning to cope with traumatic memories and re-engage fully in your own life can be difficult. For this reason, Jessica will continue writing blog posts about topics that will provide information about PTSD and common traumatic events.

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Call Today for PTSD Treatment

Trauma impacts everyone differently. Sometimes a difficult situation may overwhelm your ability to cope.  You may find yourself having moments where it feels like you are reliving your trauma, thinking about the stressful situation often, experiencing nightmares, feeling on edge or jumpy, over-reacting or constantly worrying. We have experience with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment and helping individuals move forward after rape, sexual assaults, accidents, injuries, violence, natural disasters, traumatic grief or military service. We want to help you find relief from the memories and fears that are holding you back through counseling. 

Aspire Counseling has several therapists who specialize in treating PTSD.  All of our trauma therapists are trained and experienced using at least one evidence based PTSD treatment such as Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) or Acceptance and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). That’s a lot of different acronyms, but the bottom line is this: we offer effective treatment so you can find emotional freedom and healing. You don’t have to face this journey alone. People do recover and learn to live a meaningful, peaceful life even after unimaginable trauma. Please reach out and let a therapist help you begin counseling right away so you can get back to living.

If you are considering counseling for PTSD, please contact us today to discuss how counseling services may help you move forward.

A Trauma Resource for MU students

University of Missouri students who have been the victim of any sexual violence including rape and sexual assault are encouraged to access the many resources, including a victim advocate, through the RSVP center on campus.

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