Counseling for Trauma

Feel trapped in overdrive – on edge, irritable, ready to snap?

Do you experience poor concentration or confusion, or feel easily overwhelmed?

Do you suffer from trauma related scars, nightmares, or flashbacks?

Do you avoid situations or reminders of the traumatic event?

Are you suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, or depression?

You should know you are not alone.

A study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress revealed that post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is perhaps more common than you think. Just over eight percent of people in our community will experience PTSD in their lifetimes, 4.7% within the past year, and 3.8% in the past six month period. When we include those who also suffer following significant trauma but don’t fit typical PTSD criteria, the statistics become as worrying as they are staggering.

This means that millions of Americans continue to suffer from the devastating after effects of traumatic experience.

Trauma can alter how the brain functions, and its signs and symptoms can vary from finding it difficult to trust and being constantly on guard, to sudden panic and intrusive, anxiety-ridden thoughts. Trauma, without question, can significantly lessen your quality of life.

And while the signs and symptoms can feel complex and at times overwhelming, feeling better is more than possible. In fact, with trauma therapy we expect you will begin feeling better as we implement our compassionate and client-focused evidence-based techniques and strategies together.

We’ve helped countless people to gain positive ground over their traumatic experiences in our safe, supportive environment. We offer a variety of therapeutic approaches to best support you and work with you as an equal collaborator in your treatment and healing.

So if these sound like you

– I struggle with anxiety or depression

– I relive traumatic events with accompanying unwanted memories, vivid images, and physical signs like sweating, palpitations, and panic attacks

– I am hyper vigilant or easily frightened

– I feel edgy or irritable often

– I feel like the joy, love, and other positive emotions have been sucked from my life

– I’d like professional help to better understand and cope with previous trauma

– I want to live an easier, happier, more connected life

…Then trauma therapy may offer the ideal therapeutic approach for you.

Trauma therapy combines different approaches and techniques to help lessen, even eliminate, the painful mental and physical responses raised by the memory of traumatic events, and seeks to create new healthier patterns in your brain.

In trauma therapy we work with you toward lessening, even extinguishing, the pain. It’s our goal to identify the source and triggers for your emotional and physical suffering, to discuss ways to deal with unhelpful and unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, and to teach you techniques to manage distress and enable you to move forward.

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1754 N. Washington St Suite 104A
Naperville, IL 60563

info@innercouragecounselingllc.com
630.995.3193

Christine Barker LCPC, Co-owner

Christine Barker is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), and have been in private practice since 2010. She earned her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Lewis University. Christine specializes in working with individuals (teens and adults), couples, and families on a variety of concerns ranging from relationship issues, depression and anxiety, to personality disorders. She is also trained and experienced with Divorce Mediation Services.

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Erin Burns, M.A.

Adult and adolescent therapy, trauma therapy, identity work In a world where mental health is often stigmatized, society can leave us feeling judged and misunderstood. Reaching out for help during a difficult time requires significant strength and courage. My passion as a therapist is to facilitate growth in clients, assisting them in accessing the strength they already possess within, while supporting them as they work towards personal growth in an empathic, nonjudgmental, and welcoming environment.

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