TRAUMA THERAPY

 Pacific Counseling and Trauma Center offers three of the most progressive and cutting-edge trauma therapies that work very rapidly and effectively. We use Brainspotting and EMDR, (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). We call these phenomenal therapies “emotional healing on warp speed.” Our goal is to allow you to reprocess your trauma(s) so that you can be free from negative beliefs, physiological distress and psychological pain as quickly as possible.
Emotional Trauma can be caused by a wide variety of events, but there are a few common aspects. There is frequently a violation of the person's familiar ideas about the world and of their human rights, putting the person in a state of extreme confusion and insecurity. Below are a few examples of traumas we often treat:
 
  • Sexual assault, rape, molestation, incest
  • ​Bullying, prolonged or chronic rejection at home or by peers​

  • Physical abuse as a child or adult (domestic violence)

  • Loss of one's home or business, financial devastation

  • ​Neglect by a primary care giver (lack of attention, food, time)

  • Emergency responders with chronic exposure to death or violence

  • Sexual Dysfunction

  • Survivor of family or friend suicide

  • Phobias

  • Performance Anxiety

  • Terminal Illness

  • Divorce, Infidelity

  • Death of a loved one

  • Abortion guilt, infertility, miscarriages

  • Witnessing Violence

  • Adoption/and or foster care

BRAINSPOTTING

Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing, and releasing core neuro-physiological sources of emotional and physical pain, and unhealthy coping mechanisms associated with PTSD. It allows the client to channel the healthy "head" knowledge they possess to transform debilitating traumatic memories and​ the negative beliefs they feel in relation to the incident.

The truth about our childhood is stored up in our body, and although we can repress it, we can never alter it. Our intellect can be deceived, our feelings manipulated, and our perceptions confused, and our body tricked with medication. But someday the body will present it's bill, for it is as incorruptible as a child who, still whole in spirit, will accept no compromises or excuses, and it will not stop tormenting us until we stop evading the truth." - Alice Miller

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EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. It is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. If you are new to EMDR therapy, the links below can provide some additional insight.

SOMATIC

ARCHAEOLOGY(TM)

Somatic Archaeology (TM) is a healing technique that allows us to "excavate" our memories through attention to our body's experiences. This therapy model allows us to discover how and why we may have developed the painful patterns that have influenced our lives; and learn that our bodies have the ability to let go of patterns we no longer need today.​

SIGNS OF PTSD

  • ​Avoidance of talking or doing anything that brings up the trauma

  • A sense of numbness or being unable to feel love and happiness

  • Flashbacks of the event or disturbing dreams of the event

  • Increased use of alcohol, prescriptions or drugs to dull feelings

  • Feelings of despair, worthlessness or suicidal thoughts

  • Insomnia, difficulty falling or staying asleep

  • Anxiety, restlessness, panic attacks

  • Disconnection, shutting down

  • Loss of job, increased social isolation

  • Hyper-vigilance

  • Increased hostility or rage

ARTICLES & INFORMATION

VIDEO: Healing Quest

Featuring information about EMDR therapy. 

VIDEO: "Fields of Fear"

ESPN's 30 for 30 featuring David Grand using Brainspotting

COLEVA: Consequences of Lifetime Exposure to Violence and Abuse

The COLEVA Diagram illustrates evidence-based research on how adverse childhood experiences can impact our physical and mental health in dramatic ways.

Shots Fired, Officer Down

Recovering from the After Effects of Traumatic Stress

What is Brainspotting? How does it compare to EMDR therapy?

Both of these profound therapy approaches can be included in the new class of “power therapies.” 

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