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Trauma Therapy

Most people experience a trauma in their lifetime. Examples of trauma includes: a car accident, abuse, neglect, repeated attachment ruptures, sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, war violence, or a natural disaster. Some people recover from trauma over time without the need for therapeutic intervention; however, others may discover lasting effects of trauma (e.g., emotional pain, fear, confusion, or post-traumatic stress). In these circumstances, the support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist is fundamental for healing from trauma.

Examples of Trauma Symptoms:

  • Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event

  • Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt

  • Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks

  • Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance

  • Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm

  • Sleep disturbances

  • 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, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are used in treating trauma.

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