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Trauma Specialist

Brighter Life Therapy, PLLC -  - Clinical Psychologist

Brighter Life Therapy, PLLC

Clinical Psychologists & Therapists located in Cambridge, MA

Trauma is far more prevalent than you probably realize — around 70% of Americans experience trauma at some point in their lives. Michael Koren, PsyD, and the team at Brighter Life Therapy, PLLC, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, provide customized psychotherapy, including eye movement desensitization and reprogramming (EMDR) to help you recover from trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and develop the coping skills you need to lead a fulfilling life. Call Brighter Life Therapy, PLLC, or schedule a consultation online today for expert psychological treatment for trauma.

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What is trauma?

Trauma, whether it’s physical, emotional, or sexual, is a highly subjective experience. Many patients say they didn’t consider counseling because they didn’t think their experience was traumatic enough. 

But that everyone responds differently, whether you were bullied as a child at school, experienced a natural disaster, or witnessed another person’s horrific experience. 

Trauma is how you respond to situations like childhood, physical or sexual, or emotional abuse, that stress your mind beyond its coping threshold. 

It can cause a variety of disruptive symptoms and hurt your quality of life. It can affect your ability to perform at work or school and interfere with your relationships with others.

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a specific type of trauma that emerges after you experience a horrific or terrifying event like personal assault, a terrorist attack, or natural disaster. 

PTSD usually develops in the weeks or months following the incident and causes intrusive memories, avoidance behavior, negative thoughts, and increased emotional volatility. 

Some of the symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Flashbacks, hallucinations, and nightmares
  • Mood changes
  • Increased irritability
  • Decreased memory
  • Lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Heightened anger
  • Being easily startled
  • Changes in sleep and appetite

Only around 7-8% of Americans develop PTSD. In most cases, after a traumatic event, you experience trauma symptoms, but they fade with time. PTSD emerges later, and your symptoms intensify with time instead of getting better.

Trauma and PTSD can make the happiest life a little more difficult, but you’re not alone. Don’t live with the tough emotions and thoughts and the ways that they negatively impact you. Instead, Brighter Life Therapy team works on it together with you.

At Brighter Life Therapy, the team is dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive counseling solutions that are also convenient. They make it as easy as possible to get started, offering a number of ways to get in touch.

When should I talk to a psychotherapist about trauma?

You should make an appointment at Brighter Life Therapy, PLLC, if you feel like your past experiences and your thoughts and feelings about them are holding you back. 

No trauma is too small to consider. Honor your feelings and seek the support you need to recover from your experience. 

How can therapy help me cope with trauma?

The team at Brighter Life Therapy, PLLC, has specialized training to help you recover from trauma, including internships and fellowships with the VA and EMDR training. 

They offer a personalized approach and incorporate elements of evidence-based treatments to help you explore and resolve your memories and thoughts so you can change the way you respond to them. 

Brighter Life Therapy, PLLC, also offers anger management group therapy if your PTSD symptoms manifest as uncontrollable anger. 

What is EMDR?

EMDR is a specialized type of therapy that combines eye movements with talk therapy. The eye movements stimulate your brain, which can open up your memories and accelerate the healing process. 

Call Brighter Life Therapy, PLLC, or make an appointment online today for expert, personalized psychological care for trauma.