What You Need To Know About Trauma & Online Trauma Therapy

Are you feeling stuck in something from your past?

It might be time to consider online trauma therapy

Have you experienced trauma around family, religion, relationships, or your identity? Do you feel jumpy and on-edge or unable to feel present in your day-to-day life?

Trauma comes in all shapes and forms and can impact us in a variety of ways. Sometimes trauma looks like a big, “nameable” incident and sometimes trauma has more to do with unmet needs in our past or systemic oppression.

Regardless of the trauma you’re facing, I’m here to help walk alongside you.

We often feel that we can't talk about our trauma if someone else had it worse. That very belief is often a direct result of trauma. Whether you're dealing with a sprained ankle or a shattered bone, both require medical attention. Trauma is the same, and your need for help is valid.

Ashlyn Baker, MA, LCMHCA, NCC

Online Trauma Therapy May Be Just What You Need

Trauma is any experience that overwhelms our ability to cope. Sometimes trauma looks like a big, “nameable” incident, and sometimes trauma has more to do with unmet needs from our past. Regardless of the trauma you’re facing, I’m here to help.

What Is Trauma?

Trauma can take on many shapes and forms, but it usually involves a distressing or scary event that causes you to feel out of control, unexplainably scared, or unable to cope.

It could occur from exposure to a traumatic event or a series of events that progressively worsened the feelings.

What Is Childhood Trauma?

Sixty-six percent of children experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Childhood trauma usually involves a traumatic event that makes a child fear for his life, safety, or bodily integrity.

They can make children feel fearful and helpless. It can also interfere with their brain’s function and growth, making it more difficult to cope with everyday stressors, like someone who didn’t experience childhood trauma.

What Does a Trauma Response Look Like?

Everyone experiences trauma differently, but some of the most common responses include developed anxiety disorders, sadness, fear, confusion, and numbness.

People who have been through traumatic events may feel hopeless about the future, unable to connect with others, or constantly feel ‘on edge.’

Types of Trauma

There are many types of trauma a person can experience. Here are just some examples:

  • Acute trauma
  • Complex trauma
  • Bullying
  • Sexual assault or abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Neglect
  • Disasters
  • Medical trauma
  • Traumatic grief

Trauma vs. PTSD: Are They the Same?

Trauma is the event that occurred, while PTSD is an ongoing traumatic response to the event.

There can be physical symptoms as well as mental and emotional distress. How PTSD affects each person varies, with some disorders lasting a person’s lifetime and others creating temporary symptoms.

What Are the Signs of PTSD?

Common PTSD symptoms include:

  • Easily frightened
  • Unhealthy coping strategies like
  • drinking or drugs
  • Aggressive mood changes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Issues sleeping

Symptoms of Trauma

  • Difficulty sleeping/nightmares
  • Feeling jumpy or easily startled
  • Experiencing flashbacks or having no memory of the event/time period
  • Anxiety
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Feeling sad or hopeless
  • Feeling disconnected or numb
  • Guilt, shame, self-blame
  • Anger, irritability, and mood swings
  • Muscle tension

Emotional Trauma Symptoms

The emotional response people experience from a traumatic event may include anxiety, anger, shame, guilt, or extreme sadness.

Physical Trauma Symptoms

Physical symptoms that occur from experiencing a traumatic event include things like headaches, stomachaches, shaking, or a rapid heartbeat.

Cognitive Trauma Symptoms

Cognitive changes may include difficulty concentrating, the inability to make decisions, and the inability to conduct normal tasks.

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Trauma Diagnosis & Assessments

The tests for trauma may include mental health screenings, as well as physical health tests. If you’re experiencing physical symptoms, your doctor may take bloodwork or x-rays for certain issues. Otherwise, you may be diagnosed by asking questions or conducting specific screenings.

Myths, Facts & Stats About Trauma

Many myths about trauma make people feel that treating trauma is impossible or that post-traumatic stress disorder will last forever. Neither is true, but here are a few other myths surrounding trauma.

Myth: Trauma only occurs from a single event

Truth: While 70% of adults have experienced at least one event they consider traumatic, trauma can occur from a single event or chronic ongoing events. It can occur from events happening at home, school, work, or in your life overall, such as racism or hatred. You don’t have to be able to pinpoint it to a single occurrence.

Myth: Trauma always means you’ll have PTSD

Truth: Some people develop PTSD symptoms from trauma, but that doesn’t mean that everyone has intrusive thoughts or feelings after a traumatic event. If you experience PTSD after a traumatic event, PTSD therapy can be instrumental in alleviating the symptoms.

Myth: Trauma alters your brain forever

Truth: You can overcome the effects of trauma with appropriate trauma therapy and treatment. This may include cognitive processing therapy sessions, eye movement desensitization, or behavioral therapy sessions.

How To Treat Trauma

The key to trauma treatment is to have someone you trust to talk to and to help you process the situation. Isolation is the worst thing for trauma and can worsen the symptoms. Talking to a trauma therapist can help you feel less alone and work through the negative thought patterns.

Therapies and Medications for Trauma

Online trauma therapy can help you learn coping mechanisms, understand what the traumatic experiences did to your mind and body, and give you an opportunity to learn how to overcome the symptoms you’re experiencing.

In extreme cases, medication management may be necessary if the trauma is so severe that you cannot function, but trauma-focused therapies can help you learn how to cope.

When Should You Seek Trauma Therapy?

The earlier you seek trauma therapy, the easier it is to minimize your symptoms. Mental health care is essential to overcoming the effects of trauma, and the sooner you begin talking about it, the easier it is to remember and process your feelings.

Understanding Online Trauma Therapy and Its Impact on Your Life

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Trauma makes the past present. It can make it feel difficult to connect with the people and experiences around you. It keeps you on edge. It makes you feel stuck.

Trauma-informed therapy begins simply with creating a safe place where you’re believed – about your experiences, your perspective, and your hurts.

You’ll be able to move at your own pace. Once that sense of safety is established, we’ll create a plan together to help you move through the trauma and feel empowered to reconnect with your life. 

Benefits of Online Trauma Therapy

Seeking online trauma therapy can help you:

  • Learn to come to terms with the trauma in an environment you are most comfortable
  • Help you regain control over your life
  • Help you focus on living in the present and not dwelling on the past
  • Improve your overall quality of life

About AshTree Counseling Center: Online Trauma Therapy in North Carolina

AshTree Counseling was founded by Ashlyn Baker, who works with people who have experienced traumatic events and suffer mental health issues as a result.

She is an LCMHCA, licensed to practice in North Carolina, and can provide online trauma therapy to anyone living within the North Carolina state boundaries.

How Our Process Works

You’re ready to understand what’s making you feel stuck. You’re ready to explore your past. You’re ready to find healing. You’re ready to take back a sense of control and hope for the future.

As a virtual counseling practice, we are ready to work with you in the state of North Carolina, on your schedule, at your convenience. My approach is kind, client-centered, and entirely focused on your healing.

1. Schedule a Free Phone Consultation

A phone consultation lasts around 15 minutes and is a great opportunity for one of our staff members to get to know you and how we can best assist you. Once I gather some details, I can schedule our first session together.

2. Talk to a Trauma-Informed Therapist About How I Can Help

The first intake session will involve getting to know you on a more detailed level.

I’ll ask questions about who you are, your background, your family, your goals for therapy, and your expectations. This will be a time for you to ask questions and make sure you’re happy and comfortable.

3. Learn To Heal and Grow

As you start to learn more about yourself through regular therapy sessions, you’ll begin to appreciate the things that make you unique. I will help guide you through a process of healing and learning how to begin moving toward healing from trauma.

Online Trauma Therapy Pricing

At AshTree Counseling, we don’t take insurance, so we have more freedom when treating our patients. Instead, we have a flat fee structure of $120 per session.

Not working with insurance companies allows us to keep our services affordable while providing our clients with more flexibility in seeking online therapy for trauma.

What Our Patients Are Saying

“Ashlyn Baker was the first counselor that looked at me like a person with things going on in my life. Not like I am those things.”

“The most helpful aspect of counseling was when Ashlyn could help me identify what I was going through and put my anxiety into words.”

“I was able to have an objective point of view brought into my decision making process that also took my feelings into account, but did not sugar coat her answers.”

FAQs

How Can I Prepare for Trauma Therapy?

The best way to prepare for trauma therapy is to be willing and able to talk about your experiences. When you work with AshTree Counseling, you are in caring, loving hands.

You won’t be pressured or pushed to talk more than you’re comfortable doing, but the more information you can share, the easier it is to help with your trauma-related symptoms.

How Long Does Online Trauma Therapy Last?

Each client will need a different amount of time in trauma therapy. Some need only a few sessions to learn how to manage the symptoms, while others need several months to a year of sessions. There is no right or wrong length of time for online therapy sessions to work.

What Are Some Tips To Prepare for Online Trauma Therapy?

Before starting online trauma therapy:

  1. Be sure you have a solid internet connection and a comfortable place to talk.
  2. If you feel more comfortable, write down your thoughts so you say everything you meant to discuss during your session.
  3. Remember, the online trauma therapy sessions are meant to make you feel comfortable and capable, not put more stress on you.

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Information on our virtual therapy services for North Carolina

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Before the pandemic, a lot of mental health professionals viewed virtual therapy in a negative light. After the pandemic, the overall attitude in the mental health community has certainly changed. Now we have an opportunity to provide crucial psychotherapy support to anyone in the State of North Carolina! If you live in NC and are interested in working with us, I can make that happen. I utilize an entirely secure digital platform to conduct our sessions and are able to ensure your privacy. The only caveat to working with us is that you must be located in the NC during the session.