Trauma/PTSD Services

Following a traumatic event almost everyone experiences at least some of the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.) When your sense of safety and trust are shattered, it’s normal to feel crazy, disconnected, or numb and to have bad dreams, feel fearful, and find it difficult to stop thinking about what happened. These are normal human reactions to abnormal events. For most people these symptoms are short-lived. They may last for several days or even weeks, but they gradually lift. But if you have PTSD, the symptoms don’t decrease, and in fact may continue to increase over time. After a traumatic experience, the mind and the body are in shock. As time passes most people are able to make sense of what happened and processes their emotions about their traumatic experience. However, with post-traumatic stress disorder, they remain stuck in psychological shock. Their memory of what happened and their feelings about it are disconnected. In order to move on, it’s important to face, feel and process their memories and emotions.

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can arise suddenly, gradually, or come and go over time. Sometimes they're triggered by something that reminds you of the original traumatic event, such as a noise, an image, certain words, or a smell. While everyone experiences PTSD differently, there are three main types of symptoms:
     1. Re-experiencing the traumatic event
     2. Avoiding reminders of the trauma
     3. Increased anxiety and emotional arousal

It’s natural and understandable to want to avoid painful memories and feelings. But if you try to numb yourself and push your memories away, the post-traumatic stress disorder will only get worse. You can’t escape your emotions completely—they emerge under stress or whenever you let down your guard—and trying to do so is exhausting. Trying to avoid them will ultimately harm your relationships, your ability to function, and the quality of your life.

How We Can Help

Whether the source of your trauma was childhood abuse, a car accident, being the victim of or witnessing a horrific crime or act of violence, or some other trauma, Kahl Counseling can help you work through your feelings and integrate them so that you are free of the past and more able to live fully in the present. We utilize trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques in a secure, confidential environment in order to guide you safely through processing your traumatic experience. We have worked with trauma survivors since 1984 and have specialized in trauma/PTSD recovery since opening our private practice in 1990.

Polly Kahl, M.A., L.P.C.
Office:  610-478-8686
Fax:  267-414-1603

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