Most people will experience some sort of trauma in their lifetime - whether it’s a car accident, bullying, emotional abuse, neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, or a natural disaster. While some people might recover from trauma over time with the love and support of close family and friends, others may discover effects of lasting trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or post-traumatic stress for decades after the event has passed. With any trauma, the support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist can be fundamental to healing effectively from trauma. Trauma Symptoms According to the DSM-5 (the main diagnostic manual) there four types of trauma symptoms: 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
Research has proven psychotherapy to be the most effective form of treatment for trauma. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and Internal Family Systems (IFS) are evidence-based approaches that are often used to bring healing to people who have experienced trauma. If you or someone you know matches the trauma symptoms listed above, we are confident that we can help you heal. We invite you to contact us today for a FREE consultation.

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