There is Life After Trauma


We’ll provide hope until you feel it too. When most people think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), they conjure images of an emotionally scarred soldier returning from war. The fact of the matter is PTSD does not discriminate. What may be traumatic to one may seem trivial to another.

Trauma can impact anyone of any age who has experienced a disturbing, shocking, dangerous, or traumatic event. While it’s perfectly natural to feel afraid, ashamed, or anxious after a traumatic event, many people recover from their initial reactions as time passes. However, this struggle becomes chronic for some individuals, negatively affecting their mental health, happiness, and quality of life.

If you or a loved one struggles with PTSD, you do not have to face this battle alone. With the proper support and therapeutic interventions, you can overcome your trauma to take back control of your life. At City Counseling Center, We work with children, teens, young adults, and adults from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds to help them on their path to feeling better – to living a life free of shame, fear, anxiety, and anger.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a severe accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, sexual violence, physical violence, or serious injury. PTSD is a dysregulation of the stress response that we are naturally born with (sometimes called the “fight-flight-freeze” response).

Characteristics of PTSD

  • Hypervigilance (feeling anxious or on edge, always looking for threats of danger)
  • Feelings of guilt, shame, fear, or anger
  • Sleep problems (trouble falling or staying asleep, recurring dreams, nightmares, feeling unsafe at night, etc.)
  • Intrusive thoughts about the event(s)
  • Detachment (avoiding family, friends, activities, or places)
  • Dissociation (feeling numb, spacing out, detaching from people or things you love)
  • Outbursts of anger outbursts
  • Flashbacks about the event(s)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts

What Causes or Triggers PTSD?

  • Disturbing or stressful experiences in childhood or adulthood
  • Inherited mental health risks, such as a family history of depression or anxiety
  • Repeated exposure to traumatic stress
  • The unique way the brain regulates the hormones and chemicals your body releases in response to stress and danger

Your Trauma
Does Not Have
to Control Your Life

From our stress levels to our relationships and careers, trauma shapes many aspects of our lives when left unmanaged. At City Counseling Center, we are passionate about empowering our clients with the tools and solutions they need to heal from past traumas. Our family of counseling professionals works with children, teens, young adults, adults, and their families to help them get back to life where the focus is not happiness and wellbeing and not their past trauma(s).

At City Counseling Center, we understand that there is no “one size fits all” approach to therapy. We create an inclusive space where you will feel comfortable expressing your feelings and emotions. Our team of counselors leverages their experience and diverse backgrounds to create individualized treatment plans designed to help you live your best life.