Counseling for Trauma

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
  • War
  • 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.

Trauma Symptoms

  • 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.