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Trauma & PTSD Counseling in Longmont, Colorado

Have you experienced a traumatic event or events that continue to haunt you? Are you having flashbacks of the experience? Are you hyper-vigilant to certain triggers? Do you suddenly disassociate? If so, you could be experiencing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a serious condition affecting 7.7 million Americans age 18 and older. Women are particularly vulnerable and are twice as likely as men to develop Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

At Colorado Women’s Center we help many women process traumatic events. In fact, most of us at some point in our lives will encounter some from of trauma. Trauma can be defined as either “Big T” or “Little T.” Therefore, PTSD can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed either “big” or “little” traumas. “Big” traumas include such experiences as natural disasters, serious accidents, sudden deaths of loved ones, violence and personal assault in adulthood or childhood (i.e., rape, abuse, molestation, military combat, being robbed), or other life-threatening events. “Small” traumas include divorce, job loss, an abrupt move, financial difficulties, and any overwhelming life difficulties. Regardless of what propels us into fight, flight, or freeze mode, any experience that exceeds our capacity to cope can be stored as trauma.

Trauma is a part of life, and while it varies in severity, most survivors of trauma are able to recover and return to normal functioning within time. However, we also know that others will continue to experience stress reactions that do not go away on their own and may even worsen. These people may have developed Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

Typically, men experience more traumatic events than do women. However, women are more likely to develop symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. The most common trauma for women is sexual assault or child sexual abuse. About one in three women will experience a sexual assault in her lifetime. Women are also more likely than men to be neglected or abused in childhood, to experience domestic violence, or to have a loved one suddenly die.

There are three sets of symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, all of which can significantly impair one’s life. The first set involves re-experiencing the original trauma. This can happen when the survivor is reminded of the trauma in the form of a person, place, or event. It can also happen out of the blue through a random memory. The second set of symptoms includes purposely avoiding places or people that are reminders of the trauma. The survivor isolates herself from others and begins to feel numb. The third set of symptoms involves feeling on guard, easily startled, and irritable.

At Colorado Women’s Center we understand Post-traumatic Stress Disorder to be a psychiatric disorder. However, it can affect biological changes as well. Those who suffer from PTSD can develop depression, substance abuse, anxiety, problems with memory and cognition, and additional issues related to physical and mental health. Difficulty with relationships and social behaviors is also a very common struggle for trauma survivors. Their symptoms can cause problems with trust, closeness, communication, and problem solving.

A traumatic event can often be too much to process. And, without sufficient processing, the event gets stored away with all of the unpleasant sensations that accompany it. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can be treated with psychotherapy. Early treatment is important as it may help reduce long-term symptoms.

Are you suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder? If so, know that there is opportunity for healing. Through trauma therapy at Colorado Women’s Center, we can help you sort through everything your mind has held on to. When life experiences are processed in a healthy way, you will begin to integrate the trauma into your life in a productive and beneficial manner. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in our Longmont, CO, office.

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Loneliness

Are you lonely? Have you recently moved to a new city? Do you feel as though you don’t have a network of close friends to whom you can relate? Are you unemployed or working less? Are children, for the most part, the only company you keep? Are you surrounded by noise, activity, and people, yet still feel lonely? It is not uncommon for both single and married women to experience some form of loneliness.

The therapists at Colorado Women’s Center have worked with many women experiencing loneliness. Generally, there are two forms of loneliness–social and emotional. When a married woman describes herself as lonely, usually she is either not experiencing an emotional connection with her partner or she is depending so much on her partner to fulfill her social needs that she is not reaching out to others.

Social loneliness occurs when a person experiences a lack of social network. Everyone needs people, and women especially need to have a social structure in place in order to feel a sense of connection and belonging. The reasons that some women have less active social lives than others can vary. For instance, some women may be shy or new to an area, work long hours or care for children alone. Regardless, it is still important to work on developing or rebuilding a social network. Most women who have an active social life rarely suffer from social loneliness.

Emotional loneliness is a different form of loneliness that many women feel even when they have an active social life. This feeling can occur when there is an absence of a close emotional connection or a lack of depth in relationships. The superficial acquaintances that can happen when a woman begins to build her social network will not fulfill her deep need to bond and connect. Emotional loneliness is the reason women can be surrounded by people, be invited to every party, have over a thousand friends on Facebook, yet still feel lonely. For many, deep close relationships are much harder to build than a social network of “friends.” However, it is so important to find “your people.” This type of relationship, where you can express exactly who you are, is the way in which you discover aspects of yourself, others, and the world. The sense of belonging is one of our greatest needs. Therefore, without true connections to others, a void will begin to surface.

At Colorado Women’s Center we understand that developing close relationships can be very scary. Which is why it makes sense that so many women encounter loneliness at some point in their lives. It takes a level of vulnerability, self-disclosure, and risk of rejection to truly connect to another individual. This type of exposure is too hard for some people, so they avoid it. In order to find the right chemistry with another person, we need to put ourselves out there and meet many people. This takes a lot of effort, and it doesn’t happen overnight. For women, making connections also means looking at other women as allies, rather than as enemies. This can be difficult for some women, due to an innate, competitive nature, particularly when it comes to the same gender. It is so important for women to work on their own insecurities if they want to cure their loneliness and build close relationships in their lives.

Whatever your situation, loneliness can be truly debilitating. When we feel cut off from human connection, we can feel depressed, crazy, and scared. The truth is, we need each other, desperately.

At Colorado Women’s Center we help our clients become more secure in themselves, so that they are able to reach out and make the connections that they need, or to be content with the connections that they already have.

Is there something preventing you from exploring various forms of interaction and companionship? Do you feel stuck? Do you need help breaking out of the mundane? Do you need to build confidence to break into already formed social groups? If you are ready to change your life, create new adventures, and build your network, Colorado Women’s Center can help you get started!

Contact us today to schedule an appointment in our Longmont office.

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loneliness counseling longmont

Loneliness

Are you lonely? Have you recently moved to a new city? Do you feel as though you don’t have a network of close friends to whom you can relate? Are you unemployed or working less? Are children, for the most part, the only company you keep? Are you surrounded by noise, activity, and people, yet still feel lonely? It is not uncommon for both single and married women to experience some form of loneliness.

The therapists at Colorado Women’s Center have worked with many women experiencing loneliness. Generally, there are two forms of loneliness–social and emotional. When a married woman describes herself as lonely, usually she is either not experiencing an emotional connection with her partner or she is depending so much on her partner to fulfill her social needs that she is not reaching out to others.

Social loneliness occurs when a person experiences a lack of social network. Everyone needs people, and women especially need to have a social structure in place in order to feel a sense of connection and belonging. The reasons that some women have less active social lives than others can vary. For instance, some women may be shy or new to an area, work long hours or care for children alone. Regardless, it is still important to work on developing or rebuilding a social network. Most women who have an active social life rarely suffer from social loneliness.

Emotional loneliness is a different form of loneliness that many women feel even when they have an active social life. This feeling can occur when there is an absence of a close emotional connection or a lack of depth in relationships. The superficial acquaintances that can happen when a woman begins to build her social network will not fulfill her deep need to bond and connect. Emotional loneliness is the reason women can be surrounded by people, be invited to every party, have over a thousand friends on Facebook, yet still feel lonely. For many, deep close relationships are much harder to build than a social network of “friends.” However, it is so important to find “your people.” This type of relationship, where you can express exactly who you are, is the way in which you discover aspects of yourself, others, and the world. The sense of belonging is one of our greatest needs. Therefore, without true connections to others, a void will begin to surface.

At Colorado Women’s Center we understand that developing close relationships can be very scary. Which is why it makes sense that so many women encounter loneliness at some point in their lives. It takes a level of vulnerability, self-disclosure, and risk of rejection to truly connect to another individual. This type of exposure is too hard for some people, so they avoid it. In order to find the right chemistry with another person, we need to put ourselves out there and meet many people. This takes a lot of effort, and it doesn’t happen overnight. For women, making connections also means looking at other women as allies, rather than as enemies. This can be difficult for some women, due to an innate, competitive nature, particularly when it comes to the same gender. It is so important for women to work on their own insecurities if they want to cure their loneliness and build close relationships in their lives.

Whatever your situation, loneliness can be truly debilitating. When we feel cut off from human connection, we can feel depressed, crazy, and scared. The truth is, we need each other, desperately.

At Colorado Women’s Center we help our clients become more secure in themselves, so that they are able to reach out and make the connections that they need, or to be content with the connections that they already have.

Is there something preventing you from exploring various forms of interaction and companionship? Do you feel stuck? Do you need help breaking out of the mundane? Do you need to build confidence to break into already formed social groups? If you are ready to change your life, create new adventures, and build your network, Colorado Women’s Center can help you get started!

Contact us today to schedule an appointment in our Longmont office.

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(303) 350-9361
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