Most people will experience some form of trauma in their lifetime. Trauma doesn’t only refer to experiencing abuse or neglect, a life-threatening illness or accident, the sudden death of a loved one, violence, war, or a natural disaster. Trauma can refer to any subjectively overwhelming, disturbing, or extremely devaluing experience. In fact, trauma is defined more by your mind and body’s response than its trigger.
While some people may recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends, others may discover effects of lasting trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic stress far after the event has passed. In these circumstances, the support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist is fundamental to healing from trauma.
Trauma symptoms may include:
- 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 psychotherapies like EMDR and IFS to be highly effective and efficient forms of treatment for trauma.
If you or someone you know matches the trauma symptoms listed above, I am confident that I can help and invite you to contact me today for a free consultation.