Foundations Counseling provides trauma therapy and abuse counseling in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor for individuals who have experienced a traumatic event or psychological or physical abuse. Those who have endured trauma or abuse may find themselves feeling hopeless. Trauma therapy and abuse counseling can replace those feelings with helpful, productive alternatives to make life enjoyable again.
Psychological trauma is a type of damage to the psyche that occurs as a result of a traumatic event. When that trauma leads to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), damage may involve physical changes inside the brain and to brain chemistry, which affect the person’s ability to cope with stress. Events that involve trauma or abuse can be a single experience – or an enduring or repeating event or chain of events – that can leave the person feeling overwhelmed.
Psychological trauma may accompany physical trauma or exist independently of it. Typical causes of psychological trauma include sexual abuse or violence (or the threat of either), or witnessing sexual abuse or violence, particularly in childhood. Catastrophic events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, war, or other mass violence can also cause psychological distress. Long-term exposure to situations such as extreme poverty or milder forms of abuse can be traumatic (though verbal abuse can also potentially be damaging as a single event). Trauma therapy can help you reclaim your life.
Abuse describes any behavior that is designed to control or subdue another person through the use of fear, humiliation, intimidation, guilt, shame, coercion, or manipulation. Emotional abuse can include anything from verbal abuse and constant criticism to more subtle tactics, such as repeated disapproval or even the refusal to ever be pleased.
Individuals who have endured any of the various types of abuse often struggle with feelings of powerlessness, hurt, fear, and anger – and may “self-medicate” with alcohol or other substances to cope with these feelings. Foundations Counseling offers abuse counseling at our Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor locations.
What You Can Expect with Trauma Therapy and Abuse Counseling
There are a variety of therapeutic approaches that can be utilized to help someone overcome the effects of trauma, abuse, or PTSD. The counseling process begins with finding the right healing relationship followed by the establishment of a sense of physical and psychological safety. We then help you move through the exploration of memories and the emotional pain that is associated with those memories. The goal is to help you reduce the intensity of the corresponding emotions and live life more freely.
Therapies used in the treatment of psychological trauma, abuse, and PTSD include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Brief therapy
- Psychodynamic psychotherapy
- Play therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Narrative therapy
Set up a Free Consultation
If you or someone you know is considering trauma therapy or counseling for abuse or PTSD, please contact Foundations Counseling in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor to arrange a free consultation.