TRAUMA

Trauma (Traumatized) by definition is a person being "subject to lasting shock as a result of an emotionally disturbing experience or physical injury."  People experience traumatic events in different ways but often need therapy to cope or return to a sense of balance and normalcy.  Some examples of traumatic events are: 

  • domestic violence or abuse
  • sexual assault or abuse
  • physical assault or abuse
  • natural disasters (tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.)
  • motor vehicle accidents
  • shooting, robbery, burglary and even bullying
  Our therapists use an eclectic array of techniques to help clients deal with trauma.  However, one of the most effective techniques  according to research is EMDR or (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a phased, focused approach to treating trauma by reconnecting the client in a safe and measured way to the images, self-thoughts, emotions and body sensations associated with the trauma.  This allows the natural healing powers of the brain to move toward resolution.  A study funded by HMO Kaiser Permanenete found that 100% of single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after only six sessions.. 

What might a person experience with Trauma or PTSD?

  • Behavioral:  agitation, irritability, hostility, hypervigilance, self-destructive behaviors or social isolation, avoidance of situations, heightened reactions
  • Psychological:  flashbacks (events triggering memories of the event and reliving the emotions, fear, severe anxiety
  • Mood:  loss of interest or pleasure in activities, guilt or loneliness, depressed mood
  • Sleep:  insomnia or nightmares
If you have experienced a violent event and are having some of the above symptoms, give us a call for an evaluation.  Help is a phone call away and you don't have to live in fear, anxiety or depression. 
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