Trauma Therapy in Illinois

You've been anxious for as long as you can remember. But, at the same time, you don't feel like anxiety fully describes your experience.

A man appears traumatized while sitting on stairs. This could represent the struggles of trauma that PTSD treatment in Champaign, IL can help address. Learn more about trauma therapy in Champaign, IL by searching for a post-traumatic stress disorder therapist in Champaign, IL. One minute, you're feeling fine, and then the next minute, a panic can occur. And then there's the burnout after the panic has passed. You feel sad and empty for a long time after. 

You worry about things that others handle with ease. And your worries don't always make sense. You feel on alert most of the day and get tired quickly. At this point, you can't summon the energy to tackle even simple tasks. 

What if I told you that trauma could be linked to these feelings? It's true. Most clients aren't familiar with trauma, even if they are experiencing symptoms. Trauma doesn't show up in real life like in the movies. It's not as easy to spot but just as debilitating. 

What Is Trauma?

Most people think of trauma as a single physical event where there is a threat to a person's life or well-being. Common examples of traumatic events are experiencing a car crash, a natural disaster, or an act of violence. These experiences can leave a lasting impact even if you only witness or hear about them. 

Trauma can also sneak into our lives in subtle ways, like through invalidation. Invalidation, like emotional neglect and being repeatedly criticized and excluded, can also lead to trauma. Invalidation can seem minor in comparison to physical experiences, but it leaves scars that are just as painful. Many times, I see clients take longer to recover from invalidation than physical trauma. 

Trauma shapes how we see ourselves, others, and the world. When trauma does not resolve over time, it can lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. But please remember there's support available for you. 

What Are the Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can create symptoms right after a trauma or years later. You don't have to experience all the symptoms to have PTSD.  

While people can experience trauma differently, the following are the common symptoms my clients experience: 

  • A stack of books with the text PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on the pages. Learn how trauma therapy in Chicago, IL can help you address past pain and traumatic Frequently thinking or replaying memories and images of traumatic events. This replay can also happen through intense dreams or nightmares. 
  • Experiencing physical reactions when something reminds you of the event 
  • Avoiding people, places, or things that remind you of trauma. People also avoid related thoughts and feelings. 
  • Intense negative beliefs about yourself. Like assuming you are a terrible person or that you're responsible for the trauma in some way.
  • Experiencing long periods of negative feelings like fear, guilt, and shame. While not being able to feel positive emotions like joy and happiness as much or as often.  
  • Being on guard for the potential for danger throughout your day. 
  • Easily irritable and feeling cut off from others. 
  • Showing less interest in things you used to enjoy. 
  • Difficulty concentrating on daily life activities like school or work.
  • Often zoning out while reading, watching TV, or doing chores. 
  • Trouble sleeping. 

What Is the Impact of Traumatic Invalidation?

Traumatic invalidation can also lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms. In addition to PTSD, traumatic invalidation can also lead to some additional reactions like the following:

  • Invalidating yourself in similar ways to how others have treated you. This can look like judging yourself, ignoring your needs, and treating yourself like you don't matter. 
  • Not trusting yourself. Difficulty making decisions, letting others lead, and assuming you will do things wrong. 
  • Having unrealistic standards for yourself. Trying to appear perfect, criticizing yourself, and often feeling like a failure. 
  • Often feeling insecure. Not relying on others and expecting them to eventually reject you. Stuck in people-pleasing behavior and adjusting yourself to meet the needs of others. 
  • Feeling like something is wrong with you. Feeling invisible or that you don't fit in anywhere. 

Remember the above are only reactions. They aren't a representation of your true self. There is nothing inherently wrong with you, no matter how much you think there is. These are false beliefs that are the result of trauma, and there is therapy that can help. 

Trauma Therapy in Illinois Can Help

A woman smilies while sitting across from a woman with a clipboard. This could represent the support a trauma therapist in Champaign, IL can offer via trauma therapy in Champaign, IL. Search for PTSD treatment in Champaign, IL or trauma therapy in Chicago, IL to learn more. Trauma therapy is a gentle but powerful approach to healing. It lets people slowly face and rethink painful memories, feelings, and beliefs. 

I use a form of treatment that addresses the trauma while also helping clients manage the emotions that come up. Emotions are more intense for trauma survivors. Clients find the extra emotional support helpful. They also find it makes approaching trauma events more manageable. 

Trauma therapy also targets the avoidance that often comes with PTSD. Clients learn to slowly confront situations they got used to avoiding. As a result, clients feel less on alert and more at peace. They now also have the energy to resume fulfilling activities. 

Begin Trauma Therapy in Champaign, IL, Chicago, IL, and Across Illinois

It's time to resolve trauma and leave it in the past. As a trauma therapist in Champaign, IL, I would be happy to offer support in learning to overcome past emotional pain and equip you with useful coping techniques for your healing journey. You can start your in-person or online therapy journey with Live Lekko by following these simple steps:

  1. Text or call 217-402-7817 for a free consultation with Live Lekko.
  2. Have your first appointment with a trauma therapist.
  3. Start managing strong emotions in more healthy ways!

Other Services Offered with Live Lekko

Trauma therapy isn't the only service that I offer at Live Lekko. I understand that you may encounter issues with other mental health concerns, which is why I'm happy to offer support with a variety of mental health services. Other services offered include therapy for perfectionism, counseling for women, anxiety treatment, and depression treatment. In addition, I also offer therapy for burnout and stress, grief, people-pleasing, and childhood emotional neglect. Whether you are in Mahomet, Peoria, Springfield, Champaign, Chicago, or anywhere else in Illinois I can help with online therapy. Get started today to start living a life you enjoy.