Hi! I'm Peggy, and I am passionate about helping people from all backgrounds discover their own strengths and find hope for their future.
Therapist in Knoxville, TN
Many who have survived sexual trauma feel unsafe in their bodies, have extreme difficulty trusting themselves or others, or feel embarrassed or ashamed about what happened to them. It is common to have difficulty sleeping, frequent nightmares or flashbacks, depression, anxiety/panic attacks, or trouble managing overwhelming emotions. This can all very incredibly hard to talk about, so we will work at your pace. I will never ask you to do or say anything that you're not ready for.
PTSD is not just for combat veterans. Anyone who has directly experienced or witnessed a traumatic event/series of events can suffer from symptoms of PTSD - which I prefer to call Complex Trauma, because I believe the symptoms exist as a response to trauma, not because of a disorder. People suffering from Complex Trauma may experience sleep difficulties, frequent nightmares or flashbacks, depression, anxiety/panic attacks, or trouble managing overwhelming emotions, among other things.
Often after experiencing a trauma, we can feel like we are stuck in the moment that the trauma occurred. Trauma therapy doesn't have to mean that you talk about the details of your story if those details are not helpful for you. Trauma therapy gives you skills to reduce the impact that the side effects are having on your life. It brings you back into the present moment and allows you to feel safe again.