Therapy for Trauma
Traumatic stress can occur when:
Something horrifying or harmful happens to us
We witness it happening to someone else
Or sometimes even just from hearing stories about bad things happening to others
Trauma symptoms can feel overwhelming
and greatly impact your life.
But we are often stronger then we know
and there are many things we can do to feel better!
Individuals with traumatic stress may experience:
- Problems with thoughts or sleep: Intrusive memories, negative thoughts about yourself or others, problems concentrating, nightmares, problems falling asleep, insomnia, problems relaxing, difficulty trusting others
- Emotional distress: Anxiety, depression, irritability, anger, persistent fear or worries, guilt, shame, others, difficulty experiencing positive emotions like love and happiness, hopelessness, feeling jumpy or on edge
- Trauma-related behavior: Anger outbursts, avoiding people, places, events, or things related to the trauma, risk taking behaviors, not wanting to do things you used to enjoy, and exaggerated startle response. In children and teens you may also see acting out behaviors at home or school, a deterioration in academic performance, bed wetting, and re-enactment of traumatic events through play or art.
- Dissociation: Feeling disconnected from your emotions, feeling numb, memory loss about an event or time period, feeling like you are disconnected from your body or the present moment, flashbacks about the trauma, feeling like things are not real or like you are in a dream-like experience
How can trauma symptoms impact adults and children?
Traumatic stress can negatively impact mental health, physical health, daily experiences, relationships, and outcomes for individuals if they are not able to heal. The good news is many people are resilient and can heal in many ways with the right support and treatment.
How can trauma treatment help and what are my options?
There are many effective types of therapy interventions that can reduce, eliminate, or manage trauma symptoms. The ones I use include:
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)
- Eye Motion Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
- Mindfulness Skills
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Play therapy
- Family Therapy
While I am able to work with people who have experienced all types of trauma, I specialize in working with people who have experienced sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, intimate partner violence, and bullying.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the trauma symptoms listed above, please contact me to setup an appointment or learn more about treatment by calling me at 704-800-5405.