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    Counseling for Trauma

    Most people will experience trauma at some point in their lifetime, whether it’s a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, or a natural disaster.

    While many people can recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends and bounce back with resiliency, others may discover effects of lasting trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic stress far after the event has passed.

    In these circumstances, the support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist is fundamental to healing from trauma. Trauma focused therapy can help you heal and feel like yourself again.

    Trauma Symptoms

    According to the four types of symptoms listed in the DSM-5

    Avoidance Symptoms

    • Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
    • Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt

    Re-experiencing Symptoms

    • Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks

    Hyperarousal Symptoms

    • Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance
    • Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm
    • Sleep disturbances

    Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms

    • Loss of interest in activities that were once considered enjoyable
    • Difficulty remembering details of the distressing event
    • Change in habits or behavior since the trauma

    I utilize EMDR Therapy in treating trauma, and have training in RTEP (Recent Traumatic Events Protocol) and GTEP (Group Traumatic Events Protocol) as well.

    If you are experiencing the trauma symptoms listed above, I am confident that I can help and invite you to contact me today for a free consultation.