Trauma Reactions
Below are some of the reactions that are natural and expected with survivors of trauma and loss.  They are included in no particular order:


  1. Shock and disbelief
  2. Numbness
  3. High anxiety
  4. Sleep disorders-can't sleep, can't get to sleep, interruption of sleep, waking early, oversleeping
  5. Nightmares
  6. Night fright
  7. Loss of appetite
  8. Vomiting
  9. Irritability, snapping at others
  10. Crying, crying uncontrollably
  11. Unable to cry
  12. Physical and or mental agitation
  13. Unable to read or watch Television
  14. Exaggerated startle response
  15. Pacing nervously or aimlessly
  16. Hunkering down or curling up
  17. Isolating oneself
  18. Self-medicating
  19. Extreme caution
  20. Impulsiveness
  21. Obsessing over details
  22. Sense of loss of control over one's life
  23. Flashbacks
  24. Intrusive thoughts
  25. Anger or rage
  26. Vengeful feelings and thoughts
  27. Second-guessing and questioning of oneself
  28. Guilt and or shame feelings
  29. Stomach distress
  30. Headaches
  31. Muscle tension in specific parts of body
  32. Feeling immobilized and or being immobilized
  33. Wanting to not leave home or other safe place
  34. Fear of being alone and fear of too many people
  35. Feeling detached from others and or from oneself
  36. A sense of unreality-feeling as if one is in a fog or a cloud
  37. The urgency to fix something
  38. The sensation of one's skin crawling or tingling  

The symptoms of PTSD can be debilitating and frightening for clients, especially those who are in what has been called "the emergency stage" of treatment. A knowledgeable clinician who has become trauma-informed through their own experience of recovery, in addition to clinical training, gives hope to clients in despair:    Complete recovery is possible.


Male and Female Survivors

Sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse are more common than smoking in the U.S. The number of those reporting is increasing. Many believe or are encouraged to believe that they should forget about it and "keep moving forward". But eventually, the burden of forgetting becomes too much. You are not meant to go through this alone.

"Becoming Ourselves is a Team Sport."

Laura Vogel, Sexual Trauma Specialist, uses the latest research in brain science and has training and experience in using the most effective therapeutic techniques to

promote faster recovery times.


Individual Therapy