Trauma & PTSD

What is Trauma?


Trauma is not necessarily the event, or events themselves, but rather our emotional and physiological responses that continue after the event has ended. This means that trauma can be any experience that we find too overwhelming to comprehend or cope with. There are three types of trauma: acute, chronic, and complex. These three categories help us understand the trauma, though our responses and treatments may be similar. Acute trauma can arise from a single event, like a natural disaster or an accident. Chronic trauma happens multiple times over a period of time, such as abuse or domestic violence. Complex trauma occurs when there are multiple traumas that take place, often in interpersonal relationships (referred to as developmental trauma when in childhood).


Below are some common symptoms of post traumatic stress:


Nightmares

Mood swings

Flashbacks

Intrusive thoughts

Confusion

Problems concentrating

Anxiety

Fear or being easily startled

Physical pain

Sweating

Dissociation (feeling disconnected from yourself or the world around you)

Feeling sad, hopeless, shame, angry, and/or guilty

This list is not exhaustive as each individual's experience of trauma is unique.


How We Help


Taking the step to heal from trauma can feel scary. Seeking individual therapy is one of the bravest things you can do. Psychotherapy is the most effective tool in the treatment of trauma, and we have many therapists with a diverse set of skills and training for the treatment of trauma. Our therapists will gently guide you through understanding post-traumatic responses, identifying triggers, learning grounding techniques, and ultimately regulating your nervous system again. Many of our therapists are trained in EMDR, a trauma-treatment modality that is well researched and highly effective in reducing post-traumatic stress. You can learn more about EMDR here.