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    Counseling for Trauma

    “…And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

    Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime whether it’s racial, social or gender based trauma, a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, birth trauma, exposure to the violence of war or, as a first responder, or a natural disaster.

    While some people can recover from trauma without therapy, others may discover effects of lasting trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, anger, anxiety, irritability, depression, fear, confusion, or post traumatic stress far after the event has passed.

    In these circumstances, the support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist is fundamental to healing from trauma.

    Some Common Trauma Symptoms Include:

    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, an attachment focused psychodynamic approach and the utilization of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and Brainspotting are used in treating trauma.

    If you or someone you know is impacted by trauma, Our trauma informed clinicians can support your healing journey.