Many of you may already be familiar with the word trauma. There is, however, a gap in knowledge pertaining to how exactly trauma can effect your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. First, the trauma definition: Any event experienced within childhood or present day that can lead to future stress induced responses (i.e. PTSD symptoms). Examples may include but are not limited to: physical, sexual, and/emotional abuse; exposure to violence; a loss of a loved one; natural disasters; and war. Even your parents getting a divorce or suffering through a nasty break up can be traumatic. The point is, only you can define your traumatic events.
Some of the symptoms that can result from unprocessed trauma include the following: anxiety, fear, anger, inability to regulate your emotions, substance abuse, trust issues, behavioral issues, depression, and negative self-image. Trauma triggers (people, places, things, or situations that remind you of the traumatic event) can increase these symptoms. Determining the severity of your symptoms and the influence of past trauma on current behavior should be made through careful assessment methods provided by a licensed clinician.
The good news…resiliency is possible.
Resiliency (the ability to overcome hardships) through trauma depend on a variety of factors. Most important of those factors is the type of counseling/therapy support that you receive. A trusted professional can teach you coping skills (techniques that balance your emotions) and how to create rational cognitions (accurate thoughts). The main point is, experiencing trauma can greatly impact the way you view and trust the world around you.
What are the benefits of trauma treatment?
Brain restructuring – so this may sound like some sci-fi medical experiment but the easiest way to think about this is to imagine that your brain is like a machine with various wires connecting to one another. These wires connect with various messages. The messages can be associated with past trauma or they can be rewired to associate trauma with new learned coping skills. When you undergo trauma treatment with a professional it has the potential of reversing trauma impact.
How can I help?
Clients who enroll in my services will be provided with a tailored treatment plan. Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) tools will be implemented within each session for optimal outcomes.