PTSD & Trauma

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), “is the development of characteristic symptoms following exposure to one or more traumatic event.”~ DSM-5, p.274, 2013


Trauma can impact your sleep, eating habits, and your relationships. It can sometimes look like depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction, and countless other behavioral and emotional responses.  Trauma is hard to hold on to by yourself and you aren’t meant to hold on to it by yourself. It’s important for you to process those events so they don’t continue to impact you and your brain.  Studies have shown when someone experiences trauma it can actually impact the size, function, and visual sight of the brain when compared to a non-traumatized brain.


There are professions impacted by trauma. Some people are in a profession where they experience, witness, and hear about trauma over and over and over again every day. Trauma doesn’t just impact individuals who experience it directly; it can impact those who witness it and those who hear stories about it. Teachers, therapists, police officers, military personnel, social workers, foster parents, nurses, fire fighters, construction workers, tow truck drivers, bartenders, and hair stylists. It can affect any of us directly or indirectly. This can be so difficult, because you have carried these stories home and you aren’t able to talk to your family or friends about them. HWC can help. We can be that safe place for you to share those stories, so you aren’t taking all of that home with you each day.


If you don’t address the trauma, you will always be trying to escape from it.  You might not realize what you are trying to escape from, but you will.  It is impossible to escape something that is inside you unless you reach inside and pull it out.  HWC can help you with that so you can continue to move forward in your life and make healthy choices.  We want you to be happy.  We want to help you move forward and find joy in your life. That’s why we do what we do here.


You might feel stuck.  You might experience symptoms of ADHD, depression, or anxiety. You might use drugs or alcohol to numb your feelings.  And who could blame you?  Feeling that stuff sucks!  You might have had trouble with your relationships with friends, spouses, family, or your kids. It doesn’t have to be like that. With some hard work (and yes, it will be uncomfortable, but we will get you through it!) we can help you move forward in your life.  It’s not going to be fun, but we want to help you move past it so you can have a happy and healthy life. When you are ready, HWC can help you (and your brain).






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Hello Hope and Wellness Center Clients,

After much thought, consideration, consultation, and prayer, I have made the difficult decision to close Hope and Wellness Center effective January 31, 2022.

As a client, your care will be continued with your current clinician/therapist at their next place of business/location. Your individual clinician/therapist will be communicating with you about this transition process. In addition, the new contact information for your clinician will be available at or by emailing are not enough words to express my gratitude for you (our clients and the community) and all you have contributed to HWC and to my life. Although the HWC doors will be closing, you may reach out if you have any questions.

With Hope,
Denise L. Braverlly, LIMHP, NCC, CDWF
Hope and Wellness Center, P.C.