“I no longer feel shame or fear, and my relationships have improved tremendously after therapy with Dr. Hacker” (former client, age 26)

What is ptsd?

If you have suffered from distressing events in your life, you have experienced trauma. Have you had an experience where another person has devalued you or put you down over and over again? That can be referred to as trauma.  Have you suffered from sexual assault, physical abuse, been a witness to war or near death experiences? These are all trauma.  Suffering from intrusive thoughts and images and difficulties in having close relationships are all symptoms of the experience of trauma.  And, the good news is that there is relief. 

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There is good news for you if you suffer from trauma or anxiety. Resolving the way your brain and body respond to traumatic memories and anxiety can be greatly shortened with certain techniques.

What I can do to help you heal from PTSD is to use my skills and experience to work with your nervous system and your brain to help rewire linkages that are causing you emotional pain and giving you trouble in your relationships.

I offer EMDR, (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), an integrative psychotherapy approach especially designed for resolution of trauma and negative beliefs and memories held in the brain and body (EMDRIA.org). Often we can work together to resolve trauma fairly quickly with the use of this type of therapy along with some traditional psychotherapy, the incorporation of mindfulness meditation (which helps calm the parasympathetic nervous system), guided imagery, sand tray therapy, and expressive art work, just to name a few.  Working together, we can address symptoms in your mind, body, and spirit that can free you from the long term unwanted effects of trauma.

 Treatment Options for PTSD:

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) - helps you learn to regulate your emotions and build healthier relationship style through mindfulness meditation and other practical skills development.

  • EMDR - facilitates reprocessing of memories so that they no longer intrude in your everyday life.

  • Emotional Freedom Technique or tapping therapy - easily learned skills that can be used anytime anywhere to reduce anxiety, negative feelings, thoughts, and beliefs.

  • Energy work such as Reiki.

It is very important you find the right therapist for you, and that you find one who actually does have the training and experience to help you heal.  There are so many people who call themselves trauma therapists.  Trauma informed care, Complex PTSD, and Integrative therapy are all current buzz words/phrases in the mental health field.  Look into the training and experience of anyone you choose to help you with symptoms of trauma, dissociation, depression, and anxiety.

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