Counseling for Trauma

Counseling for Trauma

We all experience trauma at some point in our lives, but many of us will bounce back with time and support from loved ones.  Others may continue on throughout their lives suffering unnecessarily because they don’t recognize the signs or know that there’s help.  If you find yourself feeling stuck or experiencing any of the symptoms described below, I can help.

Trauma Symptoms

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

Avoidance Symptoms

  • Avoiding thoughts and feelings associated with the traumatic event
  • Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the traumatic event

Re-experiencing Symptoms

  • Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks
  • Acting or feeling as if the traumatic event is happening again
  • Extreme distress and/or physical reactions when reminded of the trauma (heart pounding, sweating, shortness of breath, etc.)

Hyperarousal Symptoms

  • Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance
  • Impulsivity
  • Sleep disturbances

Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms

  • Persistent negative beliefs about yourself, others, or the world (for example, “I am unlovable,” or “The world is an evil place”)Difficulty remembering details of the distressing event
  • Change in habits or behavior since the trauma
  • Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt resulting from traumatic event(s)
  • Feeling detached from others

How is Trauma Treated?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) are both highly recommended evidence-based treatment modalities for trauma.  I’m trained in Trauma-Focused CBT and EMDR, but clients often prefer EMDR since it often works more rapidly and doesn’t require talking in detail about a traumatic experience.

Art Therapy is another great modality for working through trauma that can be integrated into your treatment if it’s something that interests you.  Learn more about Art Therapy here.

If you or someone you know matches the trauma symptoms listed above, I am confident that I can help.  Contact me for a free 15 minute consultation if you wish to know more.