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  • Counseling for Trauma

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    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 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 is fundamental to healing from trauma.

    The effects of Trauma

    Traumatic events can disrupt your life in many ways. Last week I met with Cheryl (not her real name). About a month ago she was rear-ended by a drunk driver and her car was thrown off the road. When she came to me she was unable to drive since she felt a need to avoid anything that reminded her of the trauma.

    Susan was molested as a child and she was suffering from flashbacks and the inability to trust people. This made it very difficult to have romantic relationships and she was feeling depression in addition to her anxiety.

    Andy witnessed his little brother drown in a pool when he was a child and ever since that time he has suffered from guilt, anger, and moodiness.

    Releasing yourself from the Trauma

    Trauma therapy must include at least two stages. First, the survivor needs to share or relive the trauma in a safe place with an experienced therapist. This has to be paced properly and the therapist needs to be ready to be “dragged through the client’s hell.” Second, the survivor needs to learn how to reinterpret the triggers and the thoughts that are triggered. This is achieved using advanced forms of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

    While there are a few people who can recover from trauma without help, most of us can use the guidance of an experienced therapist. I can help and guide you.