Trauma and PTSD Counseling
Trauma is an emotional response for a distressing or life changing event. Trauma can cause severe anxiety or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. The effects of trauma can be long lasting, causing deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, and loss of self even far after the event has passed. Trauma can be related to the experience of childhood physical, sexual or emotional abuse, sexual assault, victim or witnessing violence, combat or a natural disasters. Some people can recover from a traumatic event with time and a strong support system. For others, seeking out professional support and learning skills to alleviate symptoms is necessary to moving into your next chapter.
Trauma symptoms may include:
- Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds which reminds you of the event
- Feelings of depression, anxiety, guilt, or numbness
- Intrusive thoughts, nightmares, or flashbacks
- Anger, aggression, irritability, and hypervigilance
- Issues related to sleep
- Change in habits or behavior since the trauma
The support and guidance of mental health professionals can be a vital part to healing from trauma. Trauma therapy can help you restore your sense of self, improve mood, and alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. More importantly trauma therapy can provide you with the tools to start a new chapter in your story of life.