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Most people experience a traumatic event in their lives, whether it be an accident, a sudden death, an exposure to a distressing or violent incident, or something else.  No two people process and cope with trauma in the same way, but it is important to process and cope in some way.

Trauma Recovery counseling helps you organize the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that have changed as a result of your experience.  For some, there have been big changes in lifestyle after surviving a trauma; for others, the changes are more subtle over time.

Recovering from trauma doesn’t always mean processing all of the details of the incident, as each person recovers differently.  Our counselors can help you identify what you need to overcome the impact of the trauma and help you return to the life you want.  At Taylor Counseling Group, we have clinicians trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Cognitive Processing Therapy.

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Krista Weaver, MSW, LCSW

Galleria

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Ann Meripolski, MS, LPC, LCDC

Dallas

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Jessie Hall, MA, LPC

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Shauna Sears-Cyprian, MS, LMFT

Fort Worth

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Tracy Wilshusen, MSW, LCSW

The Woodlands

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Claire Moody, MSW, LCSW

Dallas

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Natalie Thayer, M.A., LPC Associate

Dallas

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Kathleen Denison, M.S., LPC

Waxahachie

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Cynthia Hinds, M.A., LPC

The Woodlands

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Christina Knight, M.S. LPC

Coppell

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Jamia Woods, LMFT

West Houston

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Spandana Maitra, M.A., LPC

Spandana Maitra, M.A., LPC

Coppell

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Emily Blair, M.S., LPC

Fort Worth

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Antoine Votaw, MA, LPC, LCDC

Dallas

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Javeria Yousuf M.S., LPC

Galleria

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Michelle Rodgers, MS, LPC

Michelle Rodgers, MS, LPC

Dallas

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Nicole Kremer, M.A., LPC

San Antonio: Alamo Heights

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Elizabeth Crowder M.A., LMFT

Waco

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Katey Polansky, MS, LPC – Associate

San Antonio: Alamo Heights

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Julie Furber, M.S. LPC, CRC

Galleria

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Misty Taylor, MA, LPC

Fort Worth

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Andrea Grether, M.A., LPC

Waco

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RoseAnn Rodriguez, M.Ed., LPC

Waxahachie

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Ashley Jesse, MA, LPC

San Antonio: Alamo Heights

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Sarah Jones, MSW, LCSW

Fort Worth

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Hannah Rhine, MA, LPC

Dallas

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Iyesha Gatling, MA, LMFT

Houston Memorial Park

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Christina Turner, MA, LPC

Fort Worth

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Ashley Davis, M.A., LPC

Dallas

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Holly Patterson, MA, LPC

Waco

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Abigail Locke, M.A., LPC, CCTP-II

Waco

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Sarah Police, M.A., LPC, LCDC

The Woodlands

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Kotia Whitaker, M.S. LMFT

San Antonio

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Becca Kern, MA, LPC

Fort Worth

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Crystal Williamson, MSW, LCSW

Fort Worth

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Vanessa Perkins, MA, LPC

Fort Worth

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Colleen Farris, MS, LPC

Coppell

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Johanna Horstman, MA, LPC

Galleria

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Alfred Horstman, MA, LPC

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Christopher Hinds, MRC, LPC

Dallas

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Individuals who have undergone a stressful or extremely distressing situation may find their feelings, behaviors and emotions impacted by the experience. While everyone copes with trauma differently, you might consider trauma therapy if your trauma is impacting your daily life.

If you have experienced trauma and would like to speak to counselors experienced in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Traumatic Brain Injury, and other trauma-focused approaches, contact Taylor Counseling Group. Our goal is to help you get back to the life you want.

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Do I Need Trauma Recovery Therapy?

In some cases, you may be in a serious accident or other traumatic event and work through the trauma yourself. In other situations, you may find trauma affects your sleep, relationships, moods and more. It is common for serious trauma to put people at risk of substance use, depression and unsafe behaviors. In general, you may wish to seek support if you experience:

  • Difficulties with sleep.
  • Flashbacks or recurring dreams of what happened.
  • Lack of happiness and other positive emotions.
  • Self-harming or dangerous behaviors.
  • Thoughts of self-harm.
  • Little or no interest in activities you used to enjoy.
  • Negative relationship experiences.
  • Declining performance at work or school.
  • Feelings of numbness or detachment.

If you find yourself persistently preoccupied with a traumatic event, or your life has been negatively impacted by what has happened, therapy can help you gain the tools to cope. While nothing will change what has happened, you can develop new skills to live a healthier and happier life.

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Complex and Single-Incident Trauma

Trauma can be experienced in numerous ways and settings. Although trauma is complicated and does not necessarily fit neatly into a category, single-incident and complex trauma are general ways to distinguish between types.

Therapy For Complex Trauma

Complex or Type 2 trauma describes trauma you may have experienced during early childhood or developmental stages. Repetitive trauma often happens in an interpersonal relationship, where you may feel physically or emotionally trapped. You may also have been coerced or powerless to prevent the trauma. A condition related to Type 2 trauma is Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD).

Examples of complex trauma include:

  • Emotional abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual abuse
  • Bullying
  • Abandonment or neglect
  • Coercion
  • Overly strict upbringing, sometimes religious

A personalized trauma recovery plan can be beneficial and may include trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Read about: Trauma Bonding: What It Is and How to Heal From It →

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Therapy For Single-Incident Trauma

Also called single trauma, shock or acute trauma, this type stems from sudden events. A condition often related to single-incident or Type 1 trauma is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Post-traumatic stress is a collection of reactions you experience following an unexpected incident outside the range of your everyday experiences. The unexpectedness undermines your trust in normalcy and triggers a stress response.

Examples of single-incident trauma include:

  • Sexual assault
  • Violent assault
  • Mugging or robbery
  • Road accidents
  • Traumatic loss
  • Severe illness or injury
  • Childbirth
  • Witnessing violence, acts of terrorism or natural disaster
  • Military combat incidents

Generally, the earlier a survivor receives PTSD therapy, the more effective the treatment is. However, psychotherapy is beneficial no matter how long ago an incident happened to you.

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Counseling For Childhood Trauma

With the right approach, you can learn to process emotions and cope, starting the childhood trauma-healing journey as an adult. It’s important not to underestimate childhood experiences and how they can affect you as an adult. Childhood trauma can manifest in many ways, including chronic stress, fatigue, panic attacks, sleep issues and eating disorders.

Healing starts with acknowledging the trauma, being patient with yourself, reaching out to loved ones for support and seeking professional care.

Learn more about Healing Childhood Trauma As An Adult →

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Recovering From Toxic Relationship Trauma

Recovering from toxic relationships entails acknowledging your experience, setting appropriate boundaries, getting support from loved ones and seeking help from experienced counselors who will guide, comfort and validate you.

A toxic relationship makes you feel attacked, demeaned, unsupported or misunderstood — threatening your well-being physically, psychologically or emotionally. Emotional abuse is toxic and may include name-calling, criticizing, degradation, threatening, yelling and manipulation.

Narcissistic relationships are also toxic, with the narcissist being self-focused, arrogant, entitled and exploitative and jumping between being cold, affectionate and explosive.

Toxic relationships can be highly damaging, but reaching out will help start your recovery journey.

Read more about Moving on After a Toxic Relationship →

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What Is Trauma-Informed Counseling?

Trauma-informed counseling starts by recognizing the ways trauma can affect an individual and those around them. It also acknowledges how common trauma is and puts this understanding into practice. Trauma-informed therapy addresses the specific needs of someone with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other stress-related conditions. It emphasizes:

  • Trust and safety: Therapy can help people re-establish a sense of comfort and safety so they do not stay in a hyper-alert and fearful state. To do this, counselors create a safe environment.
  • Peer networks and support: Relationships are often influenced by trauma. Trauma-informed approaches recognize this and work to create connections and help individuals move forward.
  • Transparency: Counselors stay transparent about treatments and therapies, so people seeking counseling can feel safe.
  • Self-empowerment: To move forward, people need to feel that they have choices and can make positive, empowering moves in their lives. Facilitating this means allowing people to make their own treatment choices.
  • Issues related to gender, culture and history: Ethnicity, identity, gender, sexual orientation or other characteristics can impact trauma. Recognizing this head-on can be important to helping a person reclaim their voice.
  • Cooperation and collaboration: Counselors and health care providers may work together to offer quality treatment for patients. Having a comprehensive care team on your side can make the recovery process easier and provide you with additional support.

This type of therapy can include many approaches and models, including the Essence of Being Real model, Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and others.

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