PTSD and Trauma Counseling

What is PTSD/Trauma?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma is an anxiety disorder that typically develops from significant, shocking, and life changing experiences. It can develop from a single, isolated incident, such as experiencing a terrifying car accident, and accumulative experiences, such as repeated childhood abuse. In fact, there are many different types of experiences that can lead to one feeling traumatized. Trauma is intrusive and has a direct impact on your mood and how you live your life. You may have thoughts, dreams, or emotions that make you feel like you are reliving the experience. You may avoid situations that trigger the traumatic memories and feelings. Perhaps you become vigilant, waiting for the traumatic experience to return, purely existing in “survival mode.” There are different types and symptoms of trauma, but all of them result in some form of contraction or narrowing of living a more engaged, expansive, and meaningful life.

PTSD/Trauma Counseling

Trauma research, clinical experience, and neuroscience all point to the many ways that traumatic experiences are stored in the body resulting in changes in the brain and cascading down to changes on a chemical and cellular level. This is the reason that traditional talk therapy is not sufficient for treatment. A well-trained and qualified trauma therapist is responsible for treatment. In therapy, the therapist works together with the client to identify and strengthen internal resources to help them take care of themselves, address the symptoms they are experiencing, and most importantly, work to heal the psychological injury that has occurred. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (which you can read more about here) is frequently used and many clients report that, while they have not forgotten the original traumatic incident or any of the details, the memories no longer seem as intense or painful and there is less distress about them.

Common Symptoms of Trauma

  • Helplessness
  • Guilt, shame or self-blame
  • Feeling shut-down, flat or dissociated
  • Avoidance of people, places or situations
  • Quick to anger and extreme moodiness or irritability
  • Fearfulness
  • Nightmares/Reliving the trauma
  • Startle Response (quick to startle with loud noises or unexpected situations)
  • Anxiety (hyper-arousal) and/or Depression
  • Social/Relationship difficulties
  • Difficulty with short-term memory (poor concentration and attention)
  • A lost sense of purpose and/or a bereaved sense of self

Blog Posts Related to PTSD/Trauma

Below are some posts on PTSD and trauma that may be helpful to you in your quest to learn more for yourself or those you love.

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