Everyone struggles in life at one time or another, and life’s journey has many ups and downs, twists and turns. Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and isolated can be traumatic, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective facts that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. Remember, trauma is an injury that happens to us.
Our trained professionals have experience helping clients who have experienced trauma, just like Ellie.
Traumatic events can be defined as experiences that put either a person or someone close to them at risk of serious harm or death. These can include:
- Road accidents
- Violence/prolonged abuse
- Natural disasters
- Serious illnesses
What happens when you experience a traumatic event?
When you experience a traumatic event, your body’s defenses take effect and create a stress response, which may make you feel a variety of physical symptoms, behave differently and experience more intense emotions. Some symptoms that may occur are:
- Raised blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Increased sweating
- Reduced stomach activity (loss of appetite)
This is normal. Directly after the event people may also experience shock and denial. This can give way over several hours or days to a range of other feelings such as sadness, anger and guilt. Many people feel better and recover gradually.
If these feelings persist, they can lead to more serious mental health problems. If these feelings are persisting, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Many of our clinicians have advanced training in specific therapy models, including:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): EMDR involves reprocessing memories that have essentially become stuck in the brain. Sessions involve stimulating the hemispheres of the brain through visual, auditory, or tactile means until the memory is less disturbing and more positive thoughts and beliefs replace the prior negative thoughts and belief.
- Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP): CPP is a child-parent focused, evidence-based treatment for children ages birth to 6 years of age who have early trauma histories. The approach involves the primary care provider and child together in treatment.
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT): TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers. The child and caregiver learn new skills to process thoughts and feelings around the traumatic experience. TF-CBT can resolve a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with trauma, including PTSD.
For more information or to make an appointment to see a counselor, contact The Village Family Service Center.