Trauma & PTSD

Overcoming Trauma can be Hard

Understanding Trauma and PTSD

Few people can go through life without encountering some kind of trauma. Unlike ordinary hardships, traumatic events tend to be sudden, unpredictable, involve a serious threat to life or safety, and feel beyond a person’s control.

No matter how long ago the event(s) took place, we’re ready and able to help. Ally Psych has multiple therapists specially trained to help with trauma and PTSD.

You’re Not Alone

Going through a traumatic event can be life-changing. The aftermath may have you feeling things you never thought you’d experience. Whether it’s negative thoughts, nightmares, flashbacks, or increased anxiety. No matter what you went through or are still going through, Ally Psych is here to help you navigate your Mental Health and trauma response.

We know that talking about traumatic events can be difficult, and many clients don’t know what to bring up, so to help, below is a list of common signs and symptoms you might be experiencing.

Signs & Symptoms of Trauma & PTSD

Easily Startled

You might notice that you’re a bit jumpier or quicker to get scared or surprised. This can occur in any environment.

Always on Guard

Also known as “hypervigilance,” you’re always aware of your surroundings. You may also prefer to sit with your back against a wall.

Trouble Sleeping

This can be falling asleep, staying asleep, or even waking up. Nightmares or intrusive thoughts, while you rest, are common.

Difficulty Concentrating

You’ve noticed that your mind tends to wander or intrusive thoughts about the traumatic event prevent you from staying focused.


Trauma and/or PTSD may make you feel like you have a “shorter fuse” and tend to snap at people more quickly.

Guilt or Shame

Guilt and shame can surround many types of traumas. Blaming yourself and feeling like you did something wrong despite being a victim.

Physical Symptoms

Trauma and/or PTSD may make you feel like you have a “shorter fuse” and tend to snap at people more quickly.

Keeping you Safe Through Treatment for Trauma & PTSD

We understand that Trauma and PTSD can be difficult to discuss and address. You’ve probably already tried things to help yourself but aren’t seeing the progress you hoped for. Maybe you feel like you’re still missing out on events or relationships because of your trauma. At Ally Psych, we’re here to walk you through the process of healing at your own pace and in a way where you’ll feel safe.

Ally Psych has several therapists with advanced training in trauma and PTSD, including our ability to use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy.

Trauma Can be Healed

Questions about Trauma & Trauma Therapy

Trauma in and of itself is not a diagnosis. Some people experience trauma but never meet criteria for a diagnosis. It’s important to talk with your provider about various traumatic experiences and how they impact your daily living.

It is best for you to speak with a trained professional about your experiences and how they impact your daily life. One of the therapists at Ally Psych can help.

Appropriately prescribed medication should not interfere with your therapy or the progress you’ve been making. Instead, medication should help you progress further and more comfortably.

Absolutely. Working with the other members of your mental health team is incredibly helpful and important.

Trauma impacts everyone differently. Some people experience life-long changes in the way they think or perceive situations. Others experience very temporary shifts in thinking.

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to trauma treatment – the “best” type is the one that works for you. Most important is that your therapist is trained in and comfortable with working through trauma. There are many evidence-based practices for trauma and PTSD, such as TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and others.

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