Complex Trauma Recovery
Complex Trauma Recovery – Recovering from Childhood Abuse or PTSD
What is Complex Trauma and how Does Complex Trauma Affect Me?
An child experiencing complex trauma does not receive the nurturing or love which would promote an understanding of self and a general sense of security. The child is conditioned to interact with the world from a heightened state of threat assessment, which means he or she socializes without healthy trust, connection, or attachment. The child can no longer modulate his or her own emotions because others dictate the emotional state. Complex trauma creates a significantly diminished range of emotional choices. Fight, flight, or freeze is the norm, which leads to an overactive sympathetic nervous system. This can cause problems with digestion, sleep, anxiety, and depression, among other issues.
Complex trauma too often leaves a child with the imprint of “It’s my fault” and “I’m not good enough” as the narrative for all adult interactions. An inability to maintain close friendships or long-term relationships can be the result. Emotional responses may often “hijack” the person, causing him or her to feel out of control with fear, anger, panic, sadness, and sometimes, the physical body. Complex trauma can also cause a disconnected or disassociative experience. The triggered emotion may leave the adult feeling like a child. The reaction to a situation is grossly out of proportion to what would be expected, but the body and brain are operating in past “trauma time,” where the reaction would have been appropriate and even necessary for survival.
Complex trauma can be connected to chronic headaches, gastrointestinal problems, chronic illness, sleep disorders, persistent panic or anxiety, aggression, disorderd eating, self harm, addiction, depression and sexual dysfunction.
What Does Complex Trauma Counseling & Therapy Look Like?
Due to its nature and complexity, treatment requires specialized training from a trauma therapist who knows how to implement grounding and stabilization techniques and disassociative integration strategies.
Meet our counselors who specialize in this issue
- Area of Specialization
- Addiction & Substance Abuse
- Anxiety & Stress
- Child Therapy
- Divorce Recovery
- Eating Disorders
- Family Issues
- Grief & Loss
- LGBTQ & Gender Issues
- Marriage & Couples
- Mental Health
- Sex & Sexuality
- Trauma & Abuse Recovery
- Tweens & Teens
- Women's Issues
- Yoga & Mindfulness
- reduced fee counselors
- online / skype
- Christopher “Chris” JonesLPC, LPC supervisorDallas & Fort WorthSpecialties: Abuse Recovery, ADHD, Adolescents, Adulting, Anxiety Disorders, Borderline Personality, Complex Trauma Recovery, Conduct Discorder, Conduct Disorder, Depression, EMDR, Failure to Launch, Men's Issues, Narcissism, Oppositional Defiance, Parenting, PTSD Recovery, Quarter-Life Issues, Trauma & Abuse Recovery, Young Adults in Transition
- Courtney CallawayLPCDallas & Fort WorthSpecialties: ADHD, Adolescents, Adulting, Anxiety Disorders, Bullying, Child Counseling, Child or Play Therapy, Cutting, Depression, EMDR, Grief & Loss, Self Harm, Stress Management, Suicidal Thoughts, Trauma & Abuse Recovery, Tweens & Teens, Yoga Therapy
- Adriana SpeikerLPC, RYT 200, PYT 200Dallas & Fort WorthSpecialties: Addiction & Substance Abuse, Anxiety Disorders, Behavioral Addictions, Depression, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Eating Disorders, EMDR, Mindfulness Training, Psychotherapeutic Yoga, PTSD Recovery, Stress Management, Trauma & Abuse Recovery, Veterans & Military, Yoga Therapy
- Misty DiazLife CoachSpecialties: Addiction & Substance Abuse, Bipolar Disorder, career counseling, Family Issues, LGBTQ & Gender Issues, Marriage & Gender, Mental Health Issues, Self Harm, Sexual Identity, Trauma & Abuse Recovery