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Following a traumatic experience or experiences, the mind and body will struggle to process and make sense of the experience. The effects of trauma can impact all aspects of your day-to-day life from work or school to family and relationships. Unprocessed trauma makes all aspects of daily life more challenging. Those who are dealing with extreme side effects of trauma may be diagnosed with a condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You can learn more about the way that trauma impacts people on this page or by reaching out to me at Chelsea Twiss Counseling Services, LLC.

Trauma & PTSD

Trauma wounds are the body and mind’s response to stressful, violent, or challenging situations. When these experiences occur, they overwhelm the sense of stability and damage feelings of safety and security. A traumatic experience may occur once and cause a serious impact, or traumatic experiences can be smaller events that accumulate over time. Most often, people who are struggling with trauma recovery experience elevated stress and feelings of being on high alert.

When trauma is not addressed or traumatic experiences are severe, people may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is a more advanced cognitive and emotional injury related to trauma that can significantly impact daily life. Fortunately, therapy is one effective way trauma can be addressed and processed more fully. 

Trauma & PTSD symptoms

Everyone experiences the effects of trauma differently, but some of the most common symptoms of trauma and PTSD are:

  • Sense of being on high alert or on the lookout for something dangerous. 

  • Nightmares or flashbacks to the traumatic experience.

  • Withdrawing from others and feeling isolated. 

  • Engaging in destructive, self-harming, promiscuous, or otherwise problematic behaviors.

  • Experiencing dramatic shifts in mood or increased irritability. 

  • Feeling emotionally detached from others or losing interest in daily activities. 

  • Avoiding reminders of a traumatic experience or cutting yourself off from anything that could trigger a trauma response. 

  • Worrying, being paranoid, or having panic attacks. 

  • Changes in sleep patterns or diet. 

  • Physical symptoms like sweating, difficulty breathing, and accelerated heartbeat.

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Benefits of therapy for trauma recovery

The main benefit of therapy for trauma recovery is simple – you’ll start to process and heal from trauma. Therapy gives you the resources to increase resilience and reduce the adverse side effects of trauma. The specific approach to therapy will depend on your symptoms and goals.


During therapy sessions, we’ll work together to process and heal from the wounds left behind by traumatic experiences. At the same time, I’ll help you develop skills to manage the difficult emotions and experiences you face each day as you continue to heal. 


Work with a Trauma-Informed therapist

During therapy sessions, we can work to heal and alleviate the negative effects of trauma. To schedule an initial appointment, or set-up a 10 minute phone consultation, email me at Tell me a bit about yourself and your goals. I see clients online from Colorado and all PSYPACT participating states. 

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