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Do I Have PTSD?

Do you feel tense and unable to relax even though there is nothing immediately threatening in your life? Do you react with emotions out of proportion to the situation? Do you avoid thinking about painful and overwhelming experiences? Or, do negative thoughts about the past keep intruding on your waking moments and in your nightmares?

You may struggle with feelings of shame or guilt. You may hold strong negative beliefs about yourself such as, “I am a bad person. I am unworthy and unloveable. There is something terribly wrong with me.” You may be irritable and have anger outbursts that feel out of your control. You may have difficulties forming deep and intimate relationships because you are afraid of people hurting or leaving you. You may have a hard time remembering painful events or periods in your life. You may be using food, sex, work, or substances to cope with the pain.

If you are experiencing some of these symptoms, you may have unprocessed trauma and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Trauma and PTSD are not limited to people who have experienced extreme violence, disaster, war, or accidents. You can experience trauma or PTSD symptoms from overwhelming, upsetting, or frightening experiences where you:

  • Felt stuck, out of control, and unable to escape

  • Felt your life and/or your loved ones’ lives were at stake

  • Witnessed life-threatening incidents happen to someone else and felt helpless

  • Experienced violations of your boundaries and body

  • Experienced chronic stress

  • Experienced neglect of your physical and emotional needs

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”


With the global pandemic, natural disasters, sociopolitical upheaval, economic uncertainty, and environmental crisis of the past several years, many people have experienced prolonged stress and tension that were beyond their ability to cope. A study of five countries including the United States estimated that 13% of people reported post-traumatic symptoms related to the pandemic.

If you are experiencing trauma and PTSD symptoms, you don’t have to struggle through it alone. Therapy with a trauma specialist can provide you relief. Schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation to find out more about trauma therapy with one of our compassionate and skilled counselors today. 

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You don’t have to live with feeling stuck or held back by your past traumas. Trauma and PTSD symptoms do not have to be a barrier to a life worth living. ​If what you’ve read here resonates and you live in the Seattle area, we encourage you to reach out and contact us today. We can schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation and begin exploring how psychotherapy can help you on your journey toward healing. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding treatment. Someone from our team would be happy to address any questions you have about trauma or PTSD therapy.


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Seattle, WA

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