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I have complex PTSD from both an abusive childhood and marriage. I also suffer with severe memory issues. It impacts my ability to maintain relationships on many levels. What can I do to improve my memory?

One possible reason your brain pauses extremely painful memories is that it’s trying to protect itself.
If an experience has been significantly disturbing and painful, even the thought of it may still be overwhelming. As a result, your brain could take over and decide you don’t have to relive that experience in your mind. It may lock that memory away from your consciousness. Amnesia is taking you away and protecting you from reliving that experience.


Unfortunately, sometimes the memory loss associated with the traumatic event, also takes away some of your "regular" memories or information you'd like to keep easily accessible.  To help improve some of the memory loss, you will have to get to the root of your trauma and begin processing it. While going through that process, you may start to have some memories return, or it may help you maintain memories currently. It won't be known for certain until that trauma is resolved.

Some helpful forms of therapy to address the complex PTSD includes EMDR and ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy).

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Has life been a bit more difficult lately? Have you felt more anxious, stressed, or irritable? Have you
wondered if you should reach out to a therapist? We will always recommend yes; however, if you need more information than that, you can answer the questions below to help see if therapy may be a good fit for you.

The questions below relate to life experiences common among individuals that may seek support from a counselor. Please make sure to read each question carefully and answer honestly.

It is important to note that results can vary depending on your overall mood at the time you take it.

Remember that this is only an online screening tool and should not be used to make any medical
decisions. Only a trained medical professional, such as a mental health professional, can diagnose you properly.

Respond to the following questions with regard to the past month:

Therapy Assessment
Have you experienced feelings of sadness or depression?
Have you struggled wth regulating your emotions?
Have you experienced excessive worry or anxiety throughout the day?
Are you struggling in relationships?
Have you found it difficult to focus and/or concentrate?
Are you having trouble changing any unhealthy habits (i.e. smoking, alcohol, drug use, excessive gambling, unhealthy sexual practices, overeating/undereating, etc.)?
Have you felt overwhelmed with daily tasks?
Are you finding it difficult to feel joy and happiness in things that you used to enjoy?
Have you felt isolated and/or alone?
Have you experienced any major life changes?
Have others told you they are worried about you or that you should go talk to someone?
Have you had thoughts of wanting to hurt yourself and/or that the world would be better off without you here?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, therapy could be beneficial. Please reach out to see how we can help you.

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  • How do I know if I should see a therapist/counselor?
    Therapy can be beneficial for anyone. You do not have to wait for a life altering event to happen before reaching out. Finding additional support and guidance from a counselor can help in more ways than one. When you are feeling overwhelmed or burnt out from life stressors, feeling unsure how to move towards an important goal, or just not feeling “yourself”. Therapy is meant to be a neutral environment that is warm, inviting, and welcoming. You are free from any outside bias like you may have with friends and family. It is a place where you fully express yourself without repercussions and gain insight and knowledge as well as new tools to help with anxiety, depression, and overall stress. If you are considering therapy, just give it a try. You never know how it may help if you don’t try it.
  • What should I do if I don’t vibe with my therapist/counselor?
    You need to speak up. Here at Northern Lights Therapy, you can reach out to the owner, Brianna Reinhold, LPC, CFRC, directly or you can speak with any of the providers. In order for therapy to be the most beneficial, you have to be able to build a good rapport and trusting relationship with your counselor. Sometimes, our personalities just clash and its simply not the right fit. This doesn’t mean anything is wrong with you and it doesn’t mean the counselor isn’t qualified. It just means the two of you working together is not the right fit. We would love to help you find someone that you better work with.
  • How often am I required to come to sessions?
    You are not required to attend sessions in any specific frequency or length; however, based off of your overall treatment goals, availability, and financial abilities, your therapist and you will discuss what would be the best options. We understand time does not always allow weekly sessions and not everyone requires weekly either. Each and every client is unique and we strive to individualize care.
  • How do I pay?
    We are a fully electronic practice meaning all of our documentation, scheduling, and payment is done virtually. We do request a card on file at the time of intake. This card is used to pay your session fee, copay, deductible, etc. Billing is typically run the evening of sessions or the following morning.
  • Why do I owe more than my insurance card says my copay should be?
    The copay listed on the front of your insurance card does not always apply to mental health services. Some insurance companies have different rules/requirements for payment for counseling. Due to this, we do not charge anything after the initial intake when using insurance. We will submit the claim and wait to verify what your benefits are. Then we charge the card on file. If the amount owed is more than $50, we will notify you ahead of time; however, anything under $50 is automatically run. You are always encouraged to verify your insurance benefits before scheduling an appointment too. It is important to know what you qualify for as it can impact therapy sessions or frequency. If you would rather not have limitations, please see our section on Insurance vs Private Pay.
  • What are your hours of operation?
    We do not have any set hours of operation. Each therapist has their own schedule and availability. This allows for more flexibility for clients’ work schedules, school schedules and life in general. We do have therapists that work evenings and weekends.
  • What types of services do you provide?
    We offer a large variety of services including individual, group, and couples and family therapy. We have counselors that work with ages 8 and up into adulthood. Several counselors have further training in modalities including, but not limited to, EMDR, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, and Play Therapy. We hold a variety of groups throughout the year. Check out our Events page for more information.
  • Do you provide sessions in person or online?
    We can provide either option. We can also do a combination of in person and online. Whatever suits your schedule and preference, we are able to accommodate.
  • What ages do you work with?
    We work with ages 8 and up.
  • Where do I find your groups and events?
    Please view our Events page for more information.
  • What insurance do you take?
    We are in network with BCBS and Aetna. We can provide you a superbill for other insurance companies if you have out of network benefits. Please discuss this during scheduling.
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