Trauma Counseling

Vista Counseling for Trauma

Moving Beyond a Traumatic Past

Does this sound familiar?

  • Do you have difficult memories that just won’t go away?
  • Nightmares from a terrible event recently, or years ago?
  • Feel that your past is ruining the present, and don’t want it to harm the future?
Trauma

We Can Help

  • Move past difficult memories to focus on what is truly important.
  • Gain insight
  • Make choices based on what you want to do, not what you want to avoid.

Here are just some examples of the issues that lead someone to seek assistance at Vista :

  • Trauma
  • PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sexual Assault
  • Violence
  • Childhood Abuse
  • Rape
  • Incest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Veterans
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Nightmares
  • Difficult Memories
  • Anger
  • War and Combat

Treatment options include :

Want to know more?

One impact of difficult experiences that are traumatic may be Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which can develop after the experience of a traumatic event or events. The symptoms involved (for instance, nightmares, feeling numb, a desire to avoid thinking about what happened) are common for most people in the initial period following the experience of trauma. However, for those with PTSD, the symptoms persist over time and cause significant difficulties in everyday life activities – including but not limited to work, relationships, and leisure pursuits.

For more information about PTSD, visit the National Center for PTSD and see their informational pages:

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/fslist-ptsd-overview.asp

Research has confirmed the effectiveness of certain trauma-focused therapies in treating PTSD. Engaging in therapy can help reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

One of the available, research-supported approaches to treating PTSD is called exposure therapy. In this therapy, the focus is on decreasing the fear that is associated with the trauma memories, thoughts, feelings, and even other situations which might remind you of the traumatic experience. By revisiting trauma memories in a safe and supportive environment, the fear and distress associated with those memories will diminish over time.

For an overview of PTSD treatments, see the National Center for PTSD’s treatment section:

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/treatment-ptsd.asp

Your therapist can answer any questions you have about the therapy approach which might work best for you. As with all therapies, your active participation and input is essential. Your therapist will work with you to ensure that your treatment goals are being met and to tailor the treatment approach to your individual needs.

Written by Vista’s trauma specialist Jen Metheny, PhD

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Ryan Adams, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Alexandra Aguirre, MS

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
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Elise Bascom, PhD

Licensed Psychologist
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Christina Bein

Christina Bein, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Lisa Brauer, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Gary Bredeweg, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Amanda Bueffel, MS

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
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Claire Butcher, MSW

Clinical Social Worker Associate
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Asa Carlson, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
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Traci Chenette, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Cora Crabtree, MA

Professional Counselor Associate
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Ashley Di Meo, MA

Professional Counselor Associate
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Katie Doty, MA

Professional Counselor Associate
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Kayla Duke, MS

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
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Zach Eggemeyer, MA

Professional Counselor Associate
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Emi Gilbert, MSW

Clinical Social Worker Associate
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Lydia Hefferon, MSW

Clinical Social Worker Associate
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Amia Huang, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist
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Josh Jarnagin, MA

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
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Jordan Karr, PhD

Licensed Psychologist
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Jessica Kassebaum, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Collin King, MA

Professional Counselor Associate
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Veronica Knight, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Tanya Kramer, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
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Paige Kuiawa, MA

Professional Counselor Associate
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Mindy Laroco, MA

Professional Counselor Associate
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Julia Leggett, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
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April Lightcap, PhD

Psychology Resident
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Julia Lucas, MA

Professional Counselor Associate
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Christy Maeder, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Michele Markstrom, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
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Jennifer Mauro, PhD

Licensed Psychologist
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Samantha McKinlay, MSW

Clinical Social Worker Associate
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Jennifer Metheny, PhD

Licensed Psychologist
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Keith Miller, PhD

Licensed Psychologist
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Marlene Monette, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Kara Myers, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Lindsey Nichols, MS

Student Therapist
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Kelsey Nolan, PhD

Licensed Psychologist
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Kathleen Nutt, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Maddy Ober, MSW

Clinical Social Worker Associate
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Jess Palmini, MA

Professional Counselor Associate
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Jondra Pennington, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
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Camille Phillips, MS

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
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Amanda Pifer, MA

Professional Counselor Associate
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Betsy Pownall, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
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Nirmani Saucedo, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
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Bri Soriano, MSW

Clinical Social Worker Associate
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Jordan Tangavelou, MS

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
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Brooke Terry, MS

Professional Counselor Associate
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Monirée Varahramyan, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
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Emily Walden, PhD

Licensed Psychologist
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Ashley Walker, CSWA

Clinical Social Worker Associate
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