How do I stop feeling so scared?

You’re a survivor. You lived through something terrible, something that no one should've had to go through—and you made it to the other side.  

...But life feels different.

Your nerves feel frayed. You’re constantly on alert. You can’t remember the last time you felt carefree. That sense of panic shows up unexpectedly, even in mundane or normal situations. You didn’t feel this way before your traumatic experience. You wish you could let go of this constant tension and fear.

You're ready to do the work that helps you sleep well at night. You're ready to do the work that will allow you to feel close to your friends and family again. And you can do it. Counseling can't change what happened to you,

but it can help you take back control so that your trauma no longer controls you. 

Through counseling, you will learn how to:

  • understand what is happening in your mind and your body

  • know what triggers your panic or angry outbursts

  • know just what to do to manage your triggers

  • stop feeling worried about panic attacks

  • feel like you're in control of yourself again

You will benefit most from counseling for trauma if:

  • you feel like your worries are irrational 

  • you know what experiences have been traumatic for you

  • you’re willing to following the therapeutic process

  • you’re open to working through your past

  • you’re willing to practice the tools your therapist gives you on a daily basis

The counseling process:

Therapy will help you identify the areas of life where trauma has impacted you and is currently negatively affecting your life. The therapist will help you with coping skills and lead you through practices that heal your brain so that you can adapt to what stresses you.


Each therapy session is 50 minutes long, but may be increased to 90 minutes (please note 90 minute sessions are be discussed prior to your session if the longer time is appropriate). For best results in treating trauma, we recommend at least eight consecutive weeks of therapy. We have found that clients who do not commit to weekly sessions for eight weeks struggle to find satisfaction in meeting their goals and regaining control in their lives.


What to Expect

Week 1:

The first week is the intake session. The intake session is focused on helping demystify the counseling process. Your therapist will go through your completed paperwork and make sure that you understand what you are consenting to in therapy. Your therapist will also gather more information about you, your social, biological, and psychological history; and anything else that may be impacting your situation. Your therapist will make sure that we clearly understand your goals for therapy and have a plan moving forward.

Week 2 and THE FOLLOWING weeks:

Your therapist will choose treatment strategies that best fit you and help you regain stability in your life. Each session will be focused on the therapist working with you to make sure you feel you are improving. This may require you to practice strategies during your week, between sessions.


Intermountain Counseling is committed to creating a safe, warm, and welcoming environment for you so you feel empowered and equipped to overcome the obstacles in your life.


Termination is the agreed-upon ending of the therapeutic relationship once goals are achieved and takes 1 to 3 sessions, depending on your needs. Therapy should be a springboard into life; your therapist will work with you to determine that you feel your goals have been met and that you are satisfied with what you have worked on.