Counseling for Trauma

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Most people will experience some kind of trauma in their lifetime.  It may be a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to war, unsettling world events, or anything that is a threat to our safety. 

Some people discover that they have lasting effects of trauma which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, anxiety, confusion, or post-traumatic stress far after the event has passed.

Common Effects of Trauma:

  • Avoidance of anything that reminds you of the trauma
  • Feeling shock, terror, or a sense of what happened being unreal/surreal
  • Feeling numb
  • Inability to recall details
  • Feeling extra jumpy, watchful, or on guard
  • Sleep problems
  • Tearfulness
  • Isolation/withdrawal
  • Fatigue, exhaustion
  • Stomach distress
  • Physical complaints
  • Depression, sadness
  • Anxiety, fear, irritability, anger
  • Mood swings
  • Guilt, self-doubt

Other reactions or symptoms include having triggers, flashbacks, and nightmares, which continue for one month or more, and develop into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are no longer in danger.  This can make it difficult to go about daily life, be able to concentrate on school or work, be with friends, relate well in relationships, and take care of important tasks. 

If you, or someone you know is experiencing effects of trauma, I can help to reduce those effects.  I invite you to contact me today for a free consultation.