Counseling for Trauma

Counseling for Trauma

Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime. For some, it’s a single-incident like a car wreck, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war or a natural disaster. Others, have a long history of relational abuse and/or neglect, in addition to single-incident traumas.

Whether you are looking for PTSD Treatment or Complex Trauma Treatment, I’m here to help.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is characterized by:

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

Complex Trauma is characterized by PTSD Symptoms and:

  • Feelings of shame or guilt
  • Difficulty controlling your emotions
  • Periods of losing attention and concentration (dissociation)
  • Physical symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, chest pains and stomach aches
  • Cutting yourself off from friends and family
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Destructive or risky behavior, such as self-harm, substance misuse
  • Suicidal thoughts

The effects of trauma can also look like:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Theological questions
  • Relational and intimacy problems
  • Sexual disorders
  • Chronic physical problems