TRAUMA COUNSELING

Not sure where to turn? Feeling hopeless about your future, isolated, confused and irritable?

 

A “yes” answer to these questions is not surprising, because experiencing a trauma can be quite severe and disabling. Others in your life who have not experienced a traumatic event may not be able to understand, making you feel further hopless and withdrawn.

 

You are not alone.

 

The good news is that the feelings of isolation, anger and depression following a traumatic event can be healed -- you really can feel better. 

 

The creative arts therapies are uniquely positioned to effect change in trauma survivors of sexual abuse, physical abuse, war, bullying, PTSD and neglect. Arts-based psychotherapy and counseling can engage the creative potential of individuals -- especially those suffering from PTSD. The creative arts therapies are considered mind-body interventions that can influence physiological and psychological symptoms. The experience of expressing oneself creatively can reawaken positive emotions and address symptoms of emotional numbing in trauma survivors through: 

 

  • Establishing a sense of safety. This includes helping individuals establish both an internal sense of safety and identification and support for safety within their homes, neighborhoods, and communities.

  • Regulating affect. Help individuals understand that what has happened is “not their fault,” and assist them in learning methods to regulate and moderate arousal with the long-term goal of restoring emotional equilibrium.

  • Reestablishing attachment. Chronic, complex trauma disrupts basic trust because it is often caused by dysfunctional or abusive interpersonal relationships; our goal as helping professionals is to help individuals reestablish attachment with positive role models and to learn how to empathize and productively interact with peers.

  • Enhancing the brain’s executive functions. Serious and repetitive trauma impacts cognition, disrupting cortical functioning; our goal is to help individuals effectively engage attention, comprehension, and problem-solving skills to allow for the experiences of mastery, self-esteem, and self-efficacy.

  • Reframing and integrating traumatic experiences. Chronic, complex developmental trauma cannot be erased from memory; however, with our help individuals can learn to how to manage their reactions, enhance adaptive coping skills, and cultivate present-oriented responses to current stresses. Our ultimate goal in intervention is to help individuals transform, incorporate, resolve, repair, and construct meaningful lives, post-treatment.

 

We are specialists in treating trauma!

 

If you’re suffering from any of the following symptoms, please know that you can get relief: 

 

  • Shock, denial, or disbelief

  • Anger, irritability, mood swings

  • Guilt, shame, self-blame

  • Confusion, difficulty concentrating

  • Anxiety and fear

  • Withdrawing from others

  • Feeling disconnected or numb

  • Insomnia or nightmares

  • Being startled easily

  • Racing heartbeat

  • Aches and pains

  • Fatigue

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Edginess and agitation

  • Muscle tension

  • Feeling sad or hopeless

 

The good news is that through counseling and arts-based psychotherapy, individuals can learn to express oneself creatively and reawaken positive emotions to address symptoms of emotional numbing in trauma survivors.

 

We look forward to working with you on the path toward healing. Let us support you and your family through compassionately creative counseling and arts-based psychotherapy services. Contact us to make an appointment.

We are located in Downers Grove and frequently see clients from Downers Grove, Aurora, Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge, Countryside, Darien, Elmhurst,

Glen Ellyn, Hickory Hills, Hillside, Hinsdale, LaGrange, LaGrange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, Oak Brook, Oak Brook Terrace, Oak Park, Riverside, Villa Park, Warenville, Westchester, Westmont, Wheaton, Willowbrook, Woodridge, and Western Springs.

 

Counseling and arts-based psychotherapy for individuals, groups and families looking for help with children, adolescents, stress, relationships, motherhood, creative parenting interventions, life transitions, trauma, anxiety, depression, divorce, grief/bereavement, autism, communication, caregiving, terminal illness, and career counseling.

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