Colorado Springs Trauma and PTSD Counseling

Trauma and PTSD Counseling in Colorado Springs, CO

Which events cause Trauma? What is Trauma?

When people hear “Trauma”, many think of the injured solider returning from battle, a child who has endured physical abuse, or possibly a college student whose handling the aftermath of a rape. These events are absolutely traumatic. What about a son or daughter whose parents recently divorced? Or the teenager that was in a car wreck, the mother who had a miscarriage, the man whose life was altered with a physical injury or the sudden breakup of a loved one? Do these people experience trauma?

Trauma is defined as, “a deeply distressing or disturbing experience”. Any and all of the events listed can be traumatic. Think of trauma on a spectrum of 1-100, with many degrees to it. Then, mix in an individual’s history, tolerance and level of support. This will throw the spectrum completely off! Clearly, the tricky part of trauma is that an event can be traumatic for one person and not another.

If a person experiences the symptoms of trauma, does it mean they are weak? Absolutely not! There are many factors that will impact the severity of symptoms of trauma:

  • The level of support they have
  • The amount of additional stress they are under when the trauma occurs
  • The stress tolerance level they have with day to day events
  • Previous history of traumatic events

What are the symptoms of trauma?

  • Feeling helpless and out of control
  • Anxiety in all areas or specific areas of life
  • Difficult memories resurfacing throughout the day and night
  • Difficult emotions resurfacing throughout the day
  • Feeling disconnected, isolated.
  • Difficulty in trusting others

Trauma causes physical symptoms as well:

  • Sleeping patterns are thrown off. Inability to fall asleep and/or nightmares
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Body aches, Fatigue
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Irritation
  • Fast heartbeat

What can a person do if they’ve had a traumatic event?

Remember any event that is deeply distressing and disturbing can be traumatic. What can be done to help with the symptoms? Will the symptoms go away? These are great questions. Here are some tips to help a person find relief:

  • Exercise – make it fun! Take your dog for a walk, find a You Tube Video to exercise with.
  • Hang out with others – even if you don’t want to! It’s good for you. Many studies and doctors will say, “don’t isolate yourself”.
  • Take care of yourself. Sleep. Eat well. Find ways to relax.
  • Be mindful. Breathe. Experience what you are sensing. Don’t judge yourself.
  • Seek a professional. If you are feeling extreme symptoms or you’ve tried these tips and they aren’t helping – get help.

How can Thriveworks help?

A counselor at Thriveworks can help move people past their trauma – on to living with passion and joy instead of fear and dread. Our providers have experience and training to meet you where you are in your trauma and move forward with you. Call us today to schedule 719-266-3919

What to expect at Thriveworks Colorado Springs:

  • Modern and comfortable offices
  • Appointments are 97% on time
  • No wait list. We can meet with you this week.
  • Enjoy coffee and tea, complimentary
  • Contact your provider outside of sessions
  • Online scheduling
  • We take insurance! Soon! We are currently in the process of this. Please check back to see which insurances we accept.

We look forward to meeting you or your loved one. Don’t endure the pain of trauma on your own. Call us – 719-266-3919.

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Jerry was Amazing!

Jerry was amazing! Jerry uses choice theory in order to help his patients grow and work through their problems. Choice theory was helpful through my relationship counseling but also could be used individually to helps each person grow themselves. Jerry used real scenarios in order to water down the theory, making it less scientific and more geared toward individual use. Jerry was patient, helpful, and very understanding.
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My therapist Rachel is the perfect therapist for me and the first one who I've told almost everything to and I could never ask for a better therapist thank you Rachel for changing my life and making a difference in my life and protecting me as well as helping and encouraging me even when I didn't wanna do your challenges cuz I didn't think I could do it and thanks for not letting me do whatever I want and helping me be a better person and thanks for your funny spider stories that cheer me up and when you were Sarcastic sometimes I love everything about you and thanks for being an Angel and for your kindness and Compassion I too have your back and care about you!
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Saved my Daughter

Cassie has done wonders for my daughter. She has come so far in this past year. I am so thankful for the relationship my daughter and I have now. Before Cassie we were a wreck. We love so Cassie so much. I couldn't ask for a better councilor/ therapist/ mentor.
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Thrive has helped my husband so much. He has vestibular issues and it creates bad balance problems. It also has created left side weakness and he has had to use a cane to assist him with walking and stairs. Since being treated at Thrive, he only uses his,cane with stairs now and on occasion when he isn't feeling that well. His balance has improved abiut 65% also. His moods are much better now also since he can get around better by himself! Thank you Thrive for all you have done for my husband and our family!
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I love going here every Monday it's the best thing to talk to someone that I connect with and helping me through my challenges.
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Awesome care

Lindsay Schustedt has been seeing my 6 year old for a few months now. My daughter has been excited to go to counseling since she gets to see Lindsay. Lindsay has also been able to learn more about the issues that my daughter is experiencing. I believe that Lindsay is a very good counselor and I look forward to taking my daughter to see her in the future. I also have appreciated the communication that Lindsay has had with me regarding my daughter. Thank you Lindsay and ThriveWorks.
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The best therapists across the Front Range!

I was recommended to Thriveworks by District 11 for my son who is diagnosed with Autism, PTSD, ADHD and RAD. He had a quite abusive life, prior to my adopting him. Directly from the onset of my scheduling his intake to his intake appointment, my spirit felt that this was going to be the correct place for him to be. Rachel, his therapist, is amazing! The entire staff is amazing. Their communication skills are dynamic and Talon is responding so positively; actually more so than he has with any other therapy group. The focus is on his success! Success in overcoming his obstacles and in life. As a therapist, myself, I highly recommend Thriveworks! Empathy, Compassion, Dynamic abilities in using therapeutic tools and in teaching clients how to use and apply them in life.
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So thankful

So very thankful I chose Thriveworks and Kara Kays. Our time together was very helpful, and I made great progress. BDT was not like anything I’ve done before. Old way was to talk about the past and what made me who I am, new way is what is happening today, how can I be effective in my relationships today. Loved the learning tools, and I really clicked with Kara. Great experience
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Excellent, Compassionate Counselor

I have known Jerry Noel for 16 years and worked with him for 13 of those years. He is an excellent counselor who is empathetic and easily bonds with people especially adolescents. After establishing an easy, supportive rapport, Jerry can effectively guide adolescents in choices that benefits their confidence and self-esteem. I highly recommend Jerry to help others improve their mental health and lead productive lives.
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Becky is a great support.

Becky is a very compassionate, supportive and helpful clinical social worker.
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I have been working with Katrina for 2 weeks now and she is great. I feel so comfortable with her and she has so much knowledge. She is also very honest.
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Caring Listener

Lisa is a warm, empathetic counselor with great listening skills and helpful guidance.
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Thriveworks provides professional, yet welcoming counseling services that genuinely aid those in need. Lisa is an amazing counselor that is able to combine her knowledge and empathy to help others overcome their adversity. Her experience and therapeutic strategies make it easy to highly recommend her!!
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Becky is truly exceptional. She expresses empathy towards her clients and has great depth and knowledge of various therapeutic strategies.
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I can't say enough good things about Julie! Her caring and compassion shine through in everything she does. Her experience and training working with children and adolescents is extensive. I would highly recommend her!
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Amazing People

Drew Pierce is a great individual and counselor. SO genuine and personable, look forward to working with him again.
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Good listener

Lisa Smith is a caring, empathetic person. I feel truly heard when I talk to her.
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Caring professional counselor

Sara Mann is a caring, outgoing think outside of the box with great solutions orientated counselor. She is personable, humble, kind and compassionate with a commitment to helping people.
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Sara Mann is a quality individual. I have worked with her for years and find her to be one of the most caring and down-to-earth counselors I've ever encountered. Sara has a wealth of knowledge and experience.
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Making an appointment

I’ve never had a more difficult time just setting up an appointment. The lady who took my call seemed to be very inconvenienced with what I needed. There was hostility in her voice when I asked questions that she obviously deemed as common knowledge. When she finally found a counselor for my needs, and we moved to make an appointment, even though I said I would take time off work, she still seemed very rude with wanting to make an appointment. I read the profiles of many of the counselors, and they seem like wonderful people. But because of my initial contact with attempting to make an appointment, I will not be seeing anyone here.
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  • 5410 Powers Center Point Suite #210
    Colorado Springs, CO 80920

  • Mon-Fri:5AM-10PM

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