Most people will experience some sort of trauma in their lifetime. It could be a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one or a violent criminal act, including sexual violence.
Yes, it's true that many people can recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends and bounce back with resiliency, many others will experience effects of lasting trauma. This can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or post-traumatic stress far after the event has passed.
In these circumstances, the support and guidance of a therapist can make all the difference in healing from trauma.
Do any of these trauma experiences sound familiar?*
Do you avoid specific locations, things, situations, and sounds
that remind you of the event?
Do you have intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks?
Do you feel angry, depressed, anxious or irritable?
Are you always on the look out for danger?
Do you engage in aggressive or reckless behavior?
Do you have trouble sleeping?
Have you lost interest in activities you used to enjoy?
Do you have a hard time remembering things?
*Per the DSM-5
Research has proven psychotherapy to be the most effective form of treatment for trauma. Most commonly, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are used in treating trauma. I am certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and am in the process of being trained in EMDR.
If you or someone you know have experienced trauma symptoms, I believe that I can help and invite you to contact me today for a free consultation.