Counseling for Trauma
Most people have experience trauma or sudden and severe loss in their lifetime.
The support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist can be extremely helpful to healing.
Some symptoms of PTSD are:
- 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. A common and highly effective therapy is eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). If you want to learn more about the effectiveness of EMDR, I recommend reading “Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life With Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy,” by Francine Shapiro.