PTSD Therapy Services

Arne Pedersen

Registered and Certified Counselling Hypnotherapist, Victoria, B.C.

Managing PTSD: Strategies for Recovery

PTSD can profoundly impact one’s life, robbing them of their joy and dreams. However, the journey towards reclaiming that joy begins with understanding the intricacies of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and learning how to navigate its effects. As a therapist specializing in emotional wellness, I’m committed to guiding you through this process, offering practical strategies and compassionate support along the way.

Understanding PTSD:

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) often stems from past events that were too overwhelming to process at the time. In response, our subconscious mind employs coping mechanisms like dissociation to shield us from the full weight of these experiences, which often manifest into masks of confidence to push through whatever faces us, or pulls us back in fear. While these mechanisms may have been necessary for survival, they can leave behind unresolved emotional energy, which manifests in the future as symptoms of PTSD. Flashbacks, overwhelming emotions, and a persistent sense of danger are common experiences for those with PTSD.

Tips for Managing PTSD:

  1. Create a Safe Space: Start by establishing a safe environment where you can rebuild trust in yourself and your surroundings. Feeling safe to truly be yourself with how you feel is essential for healing to occur.
  1. Reverse Dissociation: If dissociation was a coping mechanism, it’s crucial to reconnect with your body and its physical sensations. Practice awareness exercises in a safe space to re-establish this connection.
  1. Steps for Awareness Practice:
  • Find a quiet, undisturbed place to sit.
  • Focus on your breathing and bodily sensations.
  • When distracted, gently guide your attention back to your body.
  • Begin with short sessions and gradually increase the duration.
  • Notice the range of emotional feelings and sensations each day.
  1. Offer Loving Support to Yourself: Address any judgmental or resistant parts of yourself that may arise during your healing journey. Send these parts love and understanding, recognizing that they needed support during the initial trauma. Be gentle with yourself, and strive to meet these parts with compassion and care, just as you would a dear friend in need.
  1. Allow and Accept Your Feelings: Practice allowing yourself to feel whatever emotions arise without judgment or resistance. Validate your feelings and give yourself the time and space needed to fully experience them. This will help you to provide yourself with the kind of support that you needed but could not receive at the time the initial traumatizing experience occurred. Be patient and compassionate with yourself as you navigate through these emotions, knowing that healing is a gradual process.
  1. Seek Professional Support: While self-care strategies are valuable, seeking help from a qualified therapist specializing in PTSD can provide additional support and guidance. Therapy offers a safe space to explore your experiences and develop coping strategies for managing PTSD symptoms.

Conclusion:

Healing from PTSD is a journey that takes time, patience, and courage, and a commitment to self-care. By establishing a nurturing environment and embracing self-care practices, you can begin the journey toward reclaiming your emotional well-being.

Remember, you need not walk this path alone. Professional support is readily available to accompany you along the way. As a therapist specializing in emotional wellness, I am here to offer you compassionate guidance and practical strategies tailored to your needs with overcoming PTSD.

To enhance our therapeutic journey and maintain momentum between sessions, I offer a comprehensive audio program designed to support your progress. This program serves as a valuable resource, empowering you to continue your healing journey in-between our sessions.

If you’re ready to take the first step toward healing from PTSD, I warmly invite you to schedule a complimentary 1-hour zoom video consultation with me. Together, we can explore how therapy can provide the support you need to overcome these challenges and rediscover joy and peace of mind in your life.