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Counseling for Trauma

Sometimes in life we encounter disturbing or traumatic events or experiences.  For some, the event passes and they are able to return to normal life.  However, for some the traumatic experience continues to affect them after it is over.  Some people experience disturbing symptoms that prevent them from living the life they want.  For others, the trauma may not be a specific event but an experience during childhood that led to the development of negative core beliefs that affect their ability to develop internal self-worth or have healthy relationships.  

Symptoms of PTSD include:Re-experiencing the trauma through disturbing memories, flashbacks or nightmare’sAvoiding people, places or activities that remind you of the eventEmotional numbnessDifficulty sleeping and concentratingBeing easily irritated and angered

Fortunately, there are effective trauma treatments that can help reduce these symptoms and even help you to replace negative core beliefs with positive and healthy core beliefs.  Silver Lining uses CPT (cognitive processing therapy) and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) to treat trauma symptoms and negative core beliefs.  Relief is possible!

Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime whether it’s a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, 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 the 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 are fundamental to healing from trauma.

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

Research has proven psychotherapy to be the most effective form of treatment for trauma. Most commonly, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are used in treating trauma.

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