Embarking on a path of recovery and healing from trauma can feel like navigating through a dense, bewildering forest with no discernible way out. At Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC-S & Associates, we provide a compassionate and nurturing environment where your healing journey is honored, your experiences are deeply respected, and your resilience is celebrated. Our Trauma Therapy services in Austin, Texas, are curated to provide a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental space where the echoes of past traumas can be explored, understood, and gently integrated.
Trauma can manifest in multifaceted ways, intricately weaving its threads through the various aspects of one’s life and self-perception. Your experiences may cast shadows upon your relationships, career, physical health, and mental well-being, often emerging as anxiety, depression, and other stress-related conditions. At Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC-S & Associates, we approach your trauma with a holistic understanding, acknowledging the pervasive impacts while steadfastly holding a light to guide you through the echoes of these experiences.
Your therapeutic journey with us is sheltered within a safe haven, where your voice is heard, your experiences are validated, and your healing is gently nurtured. Our therapists utilize an integrative approach to trauma therapy, incorporating evidence-based modalities and therapeutic techniques tailored uniquely to your journey, ensuring that your path toward healing is both empowering and sustainable.
Before beginning EMDR, your trauma therapist will get to know more about your experiences and symptoms. This step is for you to share about events in your past that may be affecting your current mindset.
This stage is about ensuring your readiness for EMDR. Even though EMDR therapy for trauma is completely safe, it can be problematic for individuals who commonly experience dissociation. As a safeguard, your trauma therapist will work with you to create your own “calm place” to concentrate on if you feel distressed.
It’s now time to choose a target to be reprocessed during your next few sessions. In doing so, you’ll need to identify a vivid image related to the memory, a negative cognition about yourself associated with it, and emotions and bodily sensations that accompany both. Your therapist will then have you challenge that negative cognition with a cognitive one. They will have you rate how true your positive cognition feels and how much distress the target memory causes you on a scale from 1-10.
This is where Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing comes into play. When you feel ready, your therapist will guide you to process your negative feelings and memories using bilateral eye movements to facilitate the brain’s healing process. This will help to ground you and take more directed focus on the thoughts, feelings, and images associated with your target. Every minute or so, your therapist will check in on what you’ve noticed and ask you to rate how much discomfort you’re now feeling. When you no longer report distress related to your targeted memory, you move onto the next step.
Next, your attention will be brought back to the positive cognition you identified earlier. Your trauma/PTSD therapist will recheck how true this belief now feels. The goal is to get this belief to feel like it’s 100 percent true.
You will now be asked to check your body for any areas of tension in your body caused by the target memory. Are your teeth clenched? Is your chest tight? Any uncomfortable physical sensations will be reprocessed using the same procedure as before until you can think of the target memory without feeling any tension.
At the end of every session, your trauma counselor will make sure that you are leaving feeling more relaxed than when you arrived. If you are feeling agitated, they will lead you through self-calming techniques until you regain your sense of control.
At the beginning of each subsequent session, your therapist will ask you questions to ensure your positive beliefs have been maintained. This will also help them to identify any new problem areas that may need to be targeted.
EMDR therapy for trauma is considered a success once you are able to bring up memories of trauma without feeling the distress that brought you to therapy. Your trauma therapist will also provide you with the techniques and skills you need going forward to deal with upsetting feelings.
Emerging from the realms of survival into a life characterized by thriving and fulfillment is a profound transition. Our therapists are here to support your journey with respect for your strength and resilience, fostering an environment where you can explore possibilities, reimagine your future, and take empowered steps toward your holistic well-being.
"I’ve been going here consistently for several years and have been nothing short of amazed at the experience (and results).
Through the many and various highs and lows life has thrown, Louis has given me invaluable support the entire time - not only helping me maintain my mental health, but helping me continuously, drastically improve it.
I can proudly and honestly say I am more fulfilled today than I have been ever in my life, and it is the direct result of the genuine, compassionate work Louis and team provides."
"Louis is an incredible therapist. His approach to patients is truly one-of-a-kind by first and foremost ensuring there is a gentle and safe environment to have an open conversation. Louis has helped me through several issues I've faced throughout my life. After the war, I had terrible dreams. They haunted me, and Louis was able to procedurally give me ideas and ways to think about things to arm me to cope with them properly. In fact, sometimes, the answer was to not cope, and go further into the problem to discover more. I've appreciated that advice the most. Really, you could not ask for a better individual to listen, care, and share insights. You have to be honest with yourself though. The only way out is through. That's what Louis says, and what I believe to be true."
Your path toward healing from trauma is a sacred journey, and we are deeply committed to walking alongside you with unwavering support, expert guidance, and genuine compassion. Discover a space where your healing is prioritized, your strength is acknowledged, and your future is brightly re-envisioned. To explore how our Trauma Therapy services in Austin, Texas can support your healing journey, contact us to schedule a free consultation today.