Las Vegas Trauma Therapist

Are you still suffering the effects of an event that happened a while ago? 

Have you experienced an event that keeps you from being the person you used to be? Have you experienced more stress, irritability or anger than you did prior to the event? Has it left you feeling depressed or hopeless? Have you lost sleep at night or experienced nightmares? Maybe you feel like you are re-living it? Do you feel anxious, paranoid, or on edge? Do you experience guilt and shame, because of the incident, or feel you could have done better? 

Trauma (big or small) can completely change your everyday experience, and 

leave you feeling life will never be the same. Highly emotional events, of any kind, can stick with you for years to come. The negative effects of trauma can disrupt your ability to emotionally regulate, sleep, eat or participate in every-day activities. In an attempt to avoid re-exposing yourself to the trauma, you may try to “bury” the emotional pain. You later find it spilling out, as emotional instability or detachment in other areas of your life, such as work, school, or home. 

Most everyone will experience some form of trauma in their lifetime. Many traumatic experiences are seemingly small or common, so people write them off as normal or just “hard times”. For instance; divorce, losing a job, divorce of your parents, separation from a caregiver, verbal abuse, incarceration, medical procedures, and car accidents. Over half of US citizens will actually experience a major trauma in their lifetime. Most everyone will experience the loss of a loved one at some point. 

 

Trauma that occurs in childhood or during the teenage years, if left untreated, often effects people into adulthood. You will find many people around you experiencing chronic anxiety, depression, stress, fatigue, anger management issues or insomnia, yet they are unaware of the connection between their past experiences and current distressing symptoms. Experiencing a traumatic event without the side effect of unwanted psychological or emotional distress, is rare. 

 

Lastly, some populations, naturally experience much higher rates of trauma due to their job duties. Some examples are first responders, or military personnel.  

Trauma can be devastating, and if left untreated can sometimes affect a person for decades to come. Fortunately, there are evidenced based interventions for trauma that can decrease your level of disturbance surrounding the traumatic event and help you get back on track. 

You're Not alone. 

You don’t have to keep feeling this way.

With trauma therapy, you can and will overcome this.  

I am well versed in and understand the complexities of trauma. I am fully trained in trauma specific therapy interventions that work quickly to get you back on track so you can move on to becoming the person you were meant to be. For someone who has been feeling helpless amid their trauma symptoms, the interventions I use can seem like magic. Many of my clients tell me they wish they had started therapy sooner. 

One of my go-to modalities for trauma is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a highly effective evidenced based treatment for trauma. The department of Defense, Department of Veteran Affairs, World Health Organization, and American Psychiatric Association all stand behind the efficacy of EMDR as an empirically validated treatment of choice for trauma of all kinds. Four studies on EMDR show that people no longer met criteria for a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnosis after only 3-7 sessions of EMDR (without homework). You can learn more about how EMDR works here

I utilize several other modalities and choose those that are tailored to your specific problems. You can check out some of those here

Your time with me will consist of an initial evaluation of your history and current trauma symptoms. You will identify your goals, or better said, what you would like to get out of your time with me. How will you know when you are done? Once we’ve figured out where you want to go, we will determine the best interventions to get you there. Next, we will create an agreed upon targeting plan, centered around the exact emotions, sensations, events or images that cause you distress. We measure your current level of disturbance using a scale from 0-10 and work toward lowering that number until you are where you want to be. I make it my personal goal to help you make your way back to a life free from trauma symptoms.

Even if you believe your trauma is too big for help or you are too far gone, with trauma therapy and dedication to your future, change is possible.  It is possible to feel lighthearted, happy, integrated, and at peace again. You have the ability to heal your past and walk away stronger and wiser.  

I want help but I don’t know if I’ve really experienced trauma. What is trauma? 

Trauma is a response to any disturbing event, series of events, or set of circumstances that a person has endured, or witnessed. The event could be physically or emotionally harmful, or it might be life threatening. Some trauma can happen in early childhood and be as seemingly insignificant as your parent's divorce or high school bullying. Other times, trauma comes in the form of physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Some other examples include; natural disaster, terrorism, neglect, accidents, acts of violence, bullying, medical complications, the loss of a loved one, war, violence and any other events or memories that you may be inclined to try and push away. If you’ve experienced a distressing event, yesterday or 30 years ago, trauma therapy can help. 

Wont talking about it just make it worse? 

Certainly, talking about a traumatic event could bring up negative emotions you have been pushing away. Luckily, I don’t have any plans to send you down a path that requires you to tolerate negative emotions without the tools necessary to keep you safe. I will teach you tangible skills that will help you feel capable of revisiting the event without disturbing your life. If you ever feel overwhelmed during therapy, we can stop the intervention and turn back to the skills you have learned to emotionally regulate. You are always in charge.  Clients typically leave my office feeling better than they did when they came in. If you decide not to pursue treatment for your current symptoms, chances are they will likely remain the same or even worsen over time. Deciding to pursue treatment is the first step toward relief from your current discomfort. 

I'm afraid my problems are too big for trauma therapy.

I'm afraid to tell you what happened.

I regularly see clients that believe their trauma is too big for help. They believe they are too far gone. Or, they’ve tried therapy before and didn’t see any change in their symptoms. Or they say something like “Sure, it’s a little less disturbing now, but it will never completely go away because stuff like this doesn’t ever get better”. This is common. I can assure you, I have clients who have experienced life shattering trauma and debilitating trauma symptoms, whom I have witnessed, move from incapacitated to thriving. I have helped clients who assured me they were helpless. There is no problem too big for trauma therapy, and if there is a topic beyond my scope of practice, I will quickly refer you to a more appropriate trauma therapist in the field. 

I get it. Quite often, trauma is too scary to talk about, embarrassing, or riddled with guilt and shame. I will not push you to talk about anything you are not ready to talk about. If there are parts you don’t feel comfortable talking about, know that you can still heal from them without telling me the details. Your mind processes things without you needing to vocalize everything. The great thing about the interventions that I use is you do not necessarily have to talk about everything in great detail in order to experience massive shifts in perspective. Your body and your mind remember the event, my detailed knowledge of the event is not vital to your success in therapy.

With all of this in mind, I want you to know that I have worked with people who have experienced very serious trauma, to include victims of crime, war veterans, infidelity, domestic violence, people who have harmed others purposefully or accidentally, sexual assault, witness to death and suicide, and victims of natural disaster and terrorism. I am able to hold space for trauma of all shapes and sizes. I believe bad things happen to good people and also good people sometimes make bad decisions. I pride myself in being a safe space.  

 

Often, people divulge information they have never admitted to anyone. Know that I am bound by laws surrounding confidentiality, this means I must abide by very strict regulations surrounding your personal information and am unable to divulge anything you tell me in sessions except in the case of very unique circumstances (which I will discuss with you in our first session). I will send you this information with your intake paperwork so you can read over the security measures I take to avoid any breach of your confidentiality. Rest assured, your secret is safe with me. 

What if the trauma is still happening? 

Sometimes trauma is not isolated to one specific event. This can cause a person to be stuck experiencing one trauma after another. Some examples are domestic violence, verbal abuse, infidelity, being in the middle of a divorce or custody battle, first responders, military personnel etc. This is referred to as “complicated trauma”.  In these cases, trauma therapy can still be very effective in reducing trauma symptoms and helping a person to cope with the current situation, even if they are not currently willing or able to remove themselves from it.  

You can heal from trauma.

If you have any further questions or you are ready to make an appointment, please give me a call anytime at 702-608-6421. If I don’t answer, leave me a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Your recovery is my priority. I offer a free phone consultation and am always open to learning about you and your current symptoms to see if we would be a good fit. 

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Tel: 702-608-6421