Trauma Therapy

Trauma is more common than we realize, as over half of men and women in the United States have suffered from at least one traumatic experience.

What Is Trauma?

Just as every season brings pleasant and unpleasant factors, life is filled with positive and negative experiences for everyone.

Trauma is a lasting emotional response from a distressing experience, which causes a person to feel anxious, fearful, and overwhelmed.

Trauma is a normal reaction to many distressing experiences and the way each person manages it is unique.

Unresolved trauma can impact your daily life physically and mentally.

Our experiences shape and change the way we see the world and how our brain operates.

Certain experiences may have left a negative impact in ways you haven’t realized.

It is important to know that symptoms of trauma are inevitable and are Not. Your. Fault.

As a trauma informed therapist, I focus on creating your trauma narrative by giving voice and clarity to your unique experience.

There are three main types of trauma: acute trauma, chronic trauma, and complex trauma.

1. Acute trauma

Acute trauma: Results from a single distressing event affecting the way a person thinks or behaves.

Symptoms can include:

2- Chronic trauma:

Chronic trauma results from repeated and prolonged exposure to highly stressful events.

Common examples include:

Several experiences of acute trauma, if untreated, may result in chronic trauma.

Symptoms of chronic trauma include:

3- Complex trauma

Complex trauma: Results from exposure to multiple distressing events or experiences.

Complex trauma, if left untreated, can have a severe impact on a person’s mind.

This is commonly seen in individuals who have been victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and high-conflict family disputes in a repetitive manner.

The Impact of Trauma:

Unfortunately, unresolved trauma can lead to other struggles that interfere with daily life, such as:

Unpredictable triggers can also occur, causing long-term dysregulation in our nervous systems.

For Adults:

Adults who have experienced wounds of childhood trauma can still be affected in thoughts, choices, behaviors, low self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness, as well as relational issues.

For Children:

In children, trauma can negatively impact brain and behavioral development. Children who are impacted by trauma, whether as observers or being directly involved, can struggle with impaired readiness to learn, less efficient brain processing in certain areas, poor self-regulation, and difficulties controlling their impulses.

For Bystanders:

Trauma can also be experienced vicariously through the experience of others. If you are exposed to another person’s trauma in any way, whether by means of witnessing or even hearing, this can result in a trauma experience.

Every individual’s experience to trauma is different and requires a unique path of recovery.

If untreated, trauma can alter the functioning of your brain, thus affecting memory, mood, and cognitive behavior. In addition, trauma gets stored in your body and, therefore, can even manifest in the form of physical health conditions.

For more detailed information regarding trauma, please visit NIMH.

Managing Trauma in Therapy:

It is important to note that trauma is not primarily defined by the event itself but rather on the emotional impact it has on a person.

If you feel as though you don’t fall into any of the trauma “categories” yet are experiencing change in mood, behavior, or thoughts, your response is valid and deserves just as much support.

Managing trauma alone or without proper recovery can result in compounded negative symptoms, as already mentioned. Those who have suffered trauma, whether acute or complex trauma, benefit greatly from a consistent and safe environment to process trauma-related memories and emotions.

My Experience Working with Trauma:

My background has provided me with the opportunity to work directly with survivors of sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and physical abuse.

I am well-educated on the cycle of abuse and have plenty of experience in crisis intervention as well as recovery from abusive relationships.

I have worked as an investigator of child abuse and neglect for the Department of Children and Family Services for over 5 years, and I am passionate about intervening in the lives of children and adolescents who have experienced trauma.

There are many therapeutic approaches to trauma recovery that can help individuals experience a  reduction of symptoms sooner than they had imagined.

To further understand what the process of working through your trauma would entail, please contact me today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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