Counseling for Trauma
Do you feel like your world is falling apart? Has a painful experience left you feeling overwhelmed, afraid, alone, and unable to cope? If so, you are not alone.
Approximately 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic experience in their lives.
Circumstances that can result in trauma may include:
- Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse
- Domestic violence or assault
- Serious accidents
- Natural disasters
- Sudden death of a loved one
- Living in a dangerous environment or witnessing acts of violence
- Medical issues like cancer or surgeries
Many people recover from trauma with the love and support of family and friends, but others experience lasting trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic stress.
If you are still having difficulty three or four weeks after a traumatic event, you should seek the support of a counselor to help you process what happened.
- Headaches, backaches, stomachaches, etc.
- Panic attacks
- Sudden sweating and/or heart palpitations
- Changes in sleep patterns, appetite, interest in sex
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Easily startled by noises or unexpected touch
- More susceptible to colds and illnesses
- Increased use of substances or food to cope
- Fear, depression, anxiety
- Outbursts of anger or rage
- Mood swings
- Nightmares and flashbacks — re-experiencing the trauma
- Tendency to isolate oneself or feelings of detachment
- Difficulty trusting and/or feelings of betrayal
- Self-blame, survivor guilt, or shame
- Loss of interest in everyday activities
Research has proven that EMDR Therapy (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) are the most effective treatments for trauma. I am a trained provider in each of these approaches.
If you are experiencing any of these trauma symptoms, I am confident that I can help. Please contact me today for a free consultation.