Trauma Therapy

Navigating Trauma with Compassionate Therapy at Sage Counseling and Wellness

Is there something from your past that you thought you let go of, but every now and then you notice that it creeps up? Maybe a car accident that has stopped you from wanting to drive. Living through a major natural disaster like a fire, hurricane or flood.

Or maybe you experienced emotional, physical or verbal abuse. A survivor of harassment or social isolation due to your gender expression or ethnicity.

Traumatic experiences can vary significantly from person to person. What may be a small or manageable event for one individual could be overwhelming and deeply distressing for another.

Discover Hope and Healing Through Trauma Therapy With Sage Counseling and Wellness

Have you found the need to turn off the news because you’re unable to take in all of the negative things going on in the world? Does your chest tighten when you see a police officer even though you know you’ve done nothing wrong? 

Secondary traumatic stress also known as compassion fatigue is real. Health professionals, human service workers and anyone who has indirect exposure to trauma can all experience feelings of compassion fatigue.

What can trauma look like:

  • Anxiety and fear
  • Avoiding people, places or activities
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Emotional numbing
  • Feeling detached
  • Feelings of shame
  • Self-harm
  • Being easily scared by sounds
  • Being overly aware of your surroundings
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Mood swings
  • Self-doubt, low self-esteem
  • Substance use or abuse
  • Having negative thoughts about yourself
  • Withdrawing from friends and family

Unlocking Resilience with Trauma Therapy

The primary goal of trauma therapy is to address the emotional and psychological impact of the traumatic event, reduce symptoms of trauma-related disorders, and promote healing and resilience. 

Trauma therapy is tailored to meet your unique needs and experiences and the length of treatment can vary depending on the severity of the trauma and your response to therapy.

Tools that may be used in session(s)

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) 
  • Narrative Therapy 
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)

Trauma can create a fracture in our lives making us feel vulnerable and helpless. 

Not working through your trauma can have a negative impact on your day to day. You may have trouble with the relationships in your life, might have ongoing nightmares or even develop a negative self-esteem. Trauma is not determined solely by the nature of the event but rather by how you process and respond to it.

This is why two people who experience the same event may react in vastly different ways. Healing from trauma is a process that takes time and effort; begin your journey towards healing today!

What Comes Next

Schedule a free 15-minute consultation call with the therapist you would like to work with or fill out our potential client form here. From there, you will set up your first session, also known as an intake session. With your chosen therapist, let them know a bit about your concern, your history with past treatment, ask about our fees, and the best days and times to attend therapy sessions. 


Each therapist at Sage Counseling and Wellness has their own fee structure. When you have the initial consultation call with your therapist, you will discuss your fee with them. 

Our therapists do not participate in-network with any insurance companies. Clients pay their therapist each time they come to a session and are then emailed an insurance-compatible statement at the end of each month to send to their insurance companies for out-of-network reimbursement called a superbill. Each insurance company varies on what reimbursement they give for psychotherapy out of network. You may want to check with your insurance company to find out what they offer for psychotherapy with a therapist with your therapist’s particular licensure in Georgia.

What Can I Expect at My First Therapy Appointment?

Many people have fears, assumptions, and at times, no idea at all about what therapy will be like the first time they come in for a first session. We would also encourage you to reach out and ask your therapist any questions you have about what therapy will be like with them.

Each therapist has their own way of approaching their work. But here are some things that may happen in your first session here at Sage Counseling and Wellness:

  • When you start your first online appointment, you’ll be in the virtual waiting room. 
  • While you wait for your appointment, take a moment to breathe, look over any thoughts or items you’d like to share in the session, and perhaps take a restroom break beforehand so you can be fully present.
  • As sessions are virtual, you can sit however you want to sit comfortably. Some clients prefer to sit at a desk, others in a comfy chair with a laptop or tablet, and some others sit on the floor on a yoga mat to stretch while in session. It’s completely up to you. 
  • In your first session, your therapist will likely remind you that what you talk about in session is completely confidential with a few legal and ethical exceptions, which will be explained to you (and which are outlined in our consent to treatment document). If you have any questions about those policies, you’re encouraged to ask!
  • Your therapist might discuss any other policies they have (cancellation, payment, session length, scheduling, or other ‘frequently asked questions’). This all only takes a few minutes.
  • Then, depending on the level of crisis that you’re currently experiencing, your therapist might review their particular style of therapy, discuss your intake form with you, begin a more thorough assessment of your history, or just ask you what brings you in at that particular time. From there on, it’s a conversation and there are no right or wrong things for you to say — the only thing you can do ‘wrong’ at that point is to be dishonest, and in doing so you would only slow down your progress. If there is something about your therapist that seems like it would get in the way of you feeling comfortable being honest, you can say so, and your therapist may be able to help you feel more comfortable. We want you to feel comfortable and confident with your therapist. If at any time you don’t, please let them know or let the director know.
  • Your therapist may or may not take notes, depending on their treatment style. These notes are also confidential unless you consent to their release, and they are kept safely in our electronic health record system.
  • Therapy is a safe space to show your vulnerability so crying is perfectly acceptable.
  • You’ll pay for your session at the end, generally, via your credit card on file.
  • You can discuss a regular meeting time with your therapist so that this time becomes your reserved time. This helps in accountability for you to work on your progress as well.

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