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PTSD & Trauma Therapy

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Are You Feeling Overwhelmed By Past Traumatic Events?

Is it challenging for you to stop focusing on a bad situation that happened to you in the past? Do you feel the need to avoid certain people or environments that remind you of an unpleasant ordeal? Are you having trouble relaxing and feeling safe regardless of where you are or who you’re around?

 

Perhaps you’ve been neglected, bullied or exposed to an unsafe environment as a child or in recent years. Or maybe heightened emotions like anxiety, fear and panic have left you completely exhausted.

All you want is to rid yourself of a constant state of unease. Your deepest desire is to feel calm and at peace. And with the help of trauma therapy, this is possible.

Trauma Manifests Itself Like A Puzzle, With Each Person Having A Unique Arrangement Of Pieces

Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affect people in very different ways. Even though, on the surface, it might seem like you’re handling life well, you may be struggling with one or more of the following:

●  depression, anxiety or panic

●  low-self worth and/or low motivation

●  hopelessness

●  flashbacks, nightmares or insomnia

●  crying spells

●  fatigue or a decreased appetite

At work, your productivity is likely suffering because ruminating thoughts make it hard to concentrate and focus on the task at hand. At home, you might be hurting your relationships by isolating yourself or by lashing out at your partner, friends or family members.

Living with trauma and PTSD is like walking on a tightrope, constantly teetering between overwhelming emotions and a fragile sense of stability. Trauma therapy can help you find balance, resolve the pain and move on to enjoy a more fulfilling life.

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Experiencing Trauma And PTSD Is Remarkably Common

Many people have encountered some form of trauma in their lifetime. Whether it was the result of a major life event or continuous exposure to distressing situations, trauma can leave a huge impact on our lives.

However, while trauma may be common, not all traumatic experiences hold the same weight and significance for each person. Some events can be particularly profound and deeply impactful, shaping your sense of self, relationships, and outlook on life.

Intensely traumatic events can leave you struggling with severe psychological, emotional and physical consequences that may require the support and resources of a therapist experienced in trauma and PTSD treatment.

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Life Is Riddled With Various Components That Contribute To Trauma

The way people experience trauma is typically split into two categories:

●  Small “t” traumas – refer to experiences that affect people in traumatic ways but they are less severe than other traumas. Some examples of small “t” traumas include bullying and harassment, relationship conflicts, financial difficulties or non-life-threatening accidents or injuries.

●  Big “T” Traumas ‒ are more severe and usually associated with PTSD. These include experiencing armed robbery, physical or sexual abuse (especially by someone you know), witnessing a life-threatening event or being involved in a serious car accident resulting in critical injuries.

Regardless of the nature of the trauma you’ve experienced, it is not easy dealing with its effects. You’ve probably been struggling with this for so long that you’re skeptical you could ever find relief. However, with counseling for trauma and PTSD, you can recover from the pain of past traumatic events.

Trauma Therapy Can Help You Heal The Wounds Of The Past And Embrace A Brighter Future

Therapy provides you with a safe space to feel at ease while you unpack the details of your experiences at a pace you feel comfortable with. It allows you to feel supported and helps you realize you’re not alone.

At Elevation Behavioral Therapy, we can help you feel lighter by guiding you toward developing a greater understanding of how the brain works and heals from trauma. In sessions, you will learn how to relax and truly care for yourself mentally and emotionally.

The ultimate goal of trauma treatment is that, eventually, you will no longer need therapy.

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Our Approach To Trauma And PTSD Treatment

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and Exposure Therapy are the modalities we use in trauma and PTSD therapy.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT can help you identify and challenge distorted or unhelpful thoughts as well as behaviors related to your trauma and replace them with more positive and realistic beliefs to help reduce fear and anxiety. Your therapist will also teach you coping and problem-solving skills to help you manage distressing symptoms.

CBT also incorporates relaxation techniques like deep breathing exercises, grounding techniques, mindfulness meditation and visualization and imagery to reduce distress and support your healing process.

Mindfulness Techniques are also used during sessions. They involve focusing on the present moment without judging your thoughts, feelings and body sensations. Skills like mindfulness breathing and sensory awareness are used to help you foster greater self-awareness, resilience and emotional stability to manage trauma and PTSD symptoms.

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

EMDR for trauma uses an eight-phase treatment method to help you let go of heavy, difficult experiences and heal your mind. This modality allows you and your therapist to identify target memories, reprocess these memories and engage in a series of bilateral stimulation exercises (eye movements, tapping or sound) until the emotional pain of the experience no longer negatively affects you.

During EMDR therapy sessions, clients can share as much or as little information about their trauma as they like. EMDR doesn’t require you to speak in detail about the things that happened to you. This treatment method gets to the root of what’s wrong and helps you not only cope but fully heal from traumatic experiences that have plagued you for so long.

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Exposure Therapy

Exposure Therapy is used to help you confront and process traumatic experiences. This modality helps to reduce avoidance behaviors and alleviate trauma-related symptoms. Your therapist will work with you to target traumatic experiences and identify possible triggers.

Gradually, we will expose you to trauma-inducing situations at a pace you feel comfortable with. Throughout this process, your therapist will help you challenge negative beliefs related to the situation, make sense of them and develop more adaptive interpretations of the experience.

Our treatment methods and support can let you finally experience the relief you’ve been longing for. With the help of our compassionate and experienced team of therapists, letting go of trauma and feeling calm and at ease is possible.

Trauma and PTSD may disrupt your peace, but therapy can help you restore it!

Perhaps You Still Have Some Questions About Trauma Therapy…

  • Do you accept my insurance?
    In order to provide the highest quality therapy, our practice is not directly in-network with insurance, however, we work with a company called Mentaya Health, that will submit clients out-of-network claims for them. When you are eligible for reimbursement for sessions, you will directly receive a check in the mail from your insurance provider. We are also happy to provide you with a superbill, which you may submit to your insurance company directly for reimbursement. A superbill serves as a “receipt” of therapy sessions, and is very commonly accepted. We can answer any questions you may have in regards to Mentaya Health, or superbills.
  • I’m confused about my insurance coverage. Can you help answer my questions?
    We are happy to answer any questions about Mentaya submitting claims. You can also use our Mentaya Health widget above to verify your out-of-network therapy benefits within seconds. Since each client’s health insurance coverage is different based on your individual plan, it is easiest for clients to directly reach out to their insurance provider with questions regarding coverage. We find most phone calls for this take less than 10 minutes. Many insurance companies also offer the option to live chat with a representative, if you prefer not to call.
  • Can I use my FSA or HSA card to pay for therapy?
    Absolutely! You’re able to use either an FSA or HSA card to pay for therapy services.
  • Do you offer an initial free consultation?
    Yes! Elevation offers a free 20 minute initial consultation. Click here to schedule
  • Do you offer online scheduling?
    Our practice offers online scheduling for all new and current clients. This means you can book, cancel or reschedule appointments all through our website. Click here to schedule an appointment or free initial consultation.
  • Do you have evening appointments?
    Absolutely. We offer evening & night appointments, as well as daytime appointments, to accommodate clients varying scheduling needs.
  • How often can I meet with my therapist, and are longer session lengths available?
    Our practice is very flexible in how often you are able to meet with your therapist. We can accommodate clients having sessions multiple times a week, once a week, every other week, etc. The traditional session length of time is 50 minutes, however, we also offer sessions for 75 minutes, or longer. Longer sessions are very beneficial when doing EMDR and ERP therapy, as well as for clients who feel 50 minutes is not enough time to meet.
  • Where are therapy sessions offered?
    We offer therapy sessions in person at our Cherry Creek, Denver office, via teletherapy (video) and ERP for OCD is also offered in your home or the community. Whenever weather permits, we also offer walk and talk therapy, where your therapist can meet you at a local park or somewhere outdoors, and you can do your session while walking.
  • What is the cost of therapy? How does this compare to the cost of therapy in Denver?
    Our therapy sessions are $155-200 per 50 minute session, based on the individual therapist. Private practice therapy in Denver with licensed therapists costs $140-$275 per session. All of our therapists are very experienced and considered specialists in their designated areas of practice.
  • What is your cancellation and no show policy?
    There is no charge for therapy appointments canceled with more than 24 hours notice. Appointments that are canceled with less than 24 hours or no showed will be charged the normal session rate of $155-200, based on your individual therapist’s rate.

You Can Heal From Trauma And Find Peace

If trauma and PTSD have long held you back from feeling safe and at peace, Elevation Behavioral Therapy can provide you with the tools you need to regain control of your life.

 

To schedule a free initial consultation or first appointment, we invite you to use our online booking link below. You can also email us at support@elevationbehavioraltherapy.com or call or text us at (720) 295-6566 with additional questions or inquiries.

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