Don't let past trauma stand in the way of your future.
NEGLECT & ABUSE
UNRESOLVED CHILDHOOD TRAUMA
PTSD & C-PTSD
You're looking for counseling that actually works. You crave a deeper understanding of yourself, your feelings, and the ability to make lasting changes. You want a counselor who takes a proactive approach to your mental health.
Maybe you're experiencing...
Anxiety · Depression · Insecurity · Overwhelm · Shame · Guilt · Jealousy · Fear of intimacy · Trust issues · Emotional Reactivity · Trauma · Low Self-Esteem · Toxic Relationships · Fatigue · Imposter Syndrome · Isolation · Settling for less · Addiction · Caretaking · Unable to set boundaries · Hopelessness · Feelings of inadequacy
Does this sound like you?
Emotional Dysregulation: Adults who have experienced childhood trauma may struggle with intense and unpredictable emotions. This can include mood swings, irritability, anger, sadness, or emotional numbness.
Anxiety and Panic: Trauma survivors may have heightened anxiety levels, leading to chronic worry, panic attacks, or generalized anxiety disorder.
Depression: Childhood trauma is a significant risk factor for depression in adulthood. Symptoms may include persistent sadness, hopelessness, changes in sleep and appetite, and loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities.
Flashbacks and Intrusive Memories: Some individuals with trauma history may experience vivid flashbacks or intrusive memories of the traumatic events, causing distress and disruption in daily life.
Dissociation: Dissociation is a coping mechanism that can lead to feeling disconnected from oneself or surroundings. It may involve memory lapses, feeling like you're in a fog, or experiencing a sense of unreality.
Low Self-Esteem: Trauma survivors may struggle with feelings of shame, guilt, and worthlessness. They often have a negative self-image and may engage in self-destructive behaviors.
Relationship Difficulties: Childhood trauma can impact one's ability to form healthy relationships. Trust issues, fear of intimacy, and difficulty in setting boundaries are common challenges.
Substance Abuse: Some individuals may turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with the emotional pain associated with trauma.
Physical Symptoms: Trauma can manifest in physical symptoms such as headaches, gastrointestinal problems, and chronic pain. These symptoms may not respond well to medical treatment.
Hypervigilance: Trauma survivors may be constantly on guard, hypervigilant to potential threats in their environment, leading to chronic stress.
Difficulty Concentrating: Problems with concentration and memory can result from the impact of trauma on the brain.
Self-Harming Behaviors: In an attempt to cope with overwhelming emotions, some individuals resort to self-harming behaviors such as cutting or burning.
It's important to note that individuals respond to trauma differently, and not everyone who experiences childhood trauma will exhibit all of these symptoms. Additionally, some people may not recognize their symptoms as related to trauma, which is why seeking support from a mental health professional is crucial. Counseling can help you process your experiences, develop coping strategies, and work towards healing and recovery.
You have permission to put yourself first. You have permission to trust yourself. You have permission to be yourself.
Counseling created for you
Real change happens when you are vulnerable, supported, and empowered enough to take action. It’s not about the idea alone, but rather your belief in yourself and your capabilities. This is where our work together becomes evident. I help you discover connections and suggest real-life tools as you become more confident and find your voice. I create a space where it's safe to be your authentic self and know that you are accepted.
Online Psychotherapy in North Carolina
Diane S. Obeid, M.Ed., LCMHC, LCASA, NCC