It is not uncommon for people to experience trauma in their lifetime whether it’s a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, a pandemic or a natural disaster.
While many people can recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends and bounce back with resiliency, others live with the ongoing effects of trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or post traumatic stress far after the events have passed.
In these circumstances, the support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist is fundamental to healing from trauma.
According to the four types of symptoms listed in the DSM-5
- Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
- Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt
- Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks
- Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance
- Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm
- Sleep disturbances
Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms
- Loss of interest in activities that were once considered enjoyable
- Difficulty remembering details of the distressing event
- Change in habits or behavior since the trauma
Research has proven psychotherapy to be a most effective form of treatment for trauma. I incorporate elements of:
cognitive, metaphor, implicit memory processing, mindfulness and more to address trauma
If you or someone you know experiences the trauma symptoms listed above, I can help and invite you to contact me today for a consultation.