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    Individual Therapy for First Responders & Front Line Workers

    PTSD can leave you feeling hopeless and stuck in life

    Traumatic experiences can cause intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, as well as changes in physical and emotional reactions.

    Intrusive memories may include:

    • Recurrent, unwanted distressing memories of the traumatic event
    • Reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening again (flashbacks)
    • Upsetting dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event
    • Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the traumatic event

    Avoidance may include:

    • Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event
    • Avoiding places, activities or people that remind you of the traumatic event

    Negative changes in thinking and mood may include:

    • Negative thoughts about yourself, other people or the world
    • Hopelessness about the future
    • Memory problems, including not remembering important aspects of the traumatic event
    • Difficulty maintaining close relationships
    • Feeling detached from family and friends
    • Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed
    • Difficulty experiencing positive emotions
    • Feeling emotionally numb

    Changes in physical and emotional reactions (also called arousal symptoms) may include:

    • Being easily startled or frightened
    • Always being on guard for danger
    • Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Trouble concentrating
    • Irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior
    • Overwhelming guilt or shame

    For children 6 years old and younger, signs and symptoms may also include:

    • Re-enacting the traumatic event or aspects of the traumatic event through play
    • Frightening dreams that may or may not include aspects of the traumatic event

    Intensity of symptoms

    PTSD symptoms can vary in intensity over time. You may have more PTSD symptoms when you’re stressed in general, or when you come across reminders of what you went through. For example, you may hear a car backfire and relive combat experiences. Or you may see a report on the news about a sexual assault and feel overcome by memories of your own assault.

    If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, then Brainspotting and EMDR Therapy can help.

    Brainspotting and EMDR Therapy can help you feel more in control of your life

    Hi, I’m Gina!

    I’m an EMT and have a Masters in Professional Counseling. I am trained in Brainspotting and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I specialize in working with First Responders who are struggling with trauma as a result of on the job experiences.

    Through EMDR or Brainspotting Therapy, I’ll help you to:

    • Improve your sleep
    • Stabilize your mood
    • Enjoy your work again
    • Lessen flashbacks and intrusive thoughts

    About Brainspotting Therapy

    Brainspotting Therapy is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms. Read more about Brainspotting.

    About EMDR Therapy

    EMDR Therapy has proven to be effective in treating trauma and PTSD. It may also be able to help treat other mental conditions like anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. Some people may prefer this treatment to prescription medications, which can have unexpected side effects.

    Special pricing available for spouses of responders.