Trauma Counseling

Information on Trauma Counseling & Therapy

Many people will experience trauma in their lifetime whether it’s a car accident, physical abuse, sexual abuse, extreme verbal or emotional abuse, 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, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex PTSD, and/or dissociation long after the event has passed.

In these circumstances, the support, guidance, and assistance of a trauma therapist can help you heal from trauma.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Symptoms

According to the four types of symptoms listed in the DSM-5

Avoidance Symptoms

  • Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
  • Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt

Re-experiencing Symptoms

  • Intrusive thoughts, nightmares, or flashbacks

Hyperarousal Symptoms

  • Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance
  • Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm
  • Sleep disturbances

Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms

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

If you or someone you know suffer from the trauma symptoms listed above, I am confident that I can help and invite you to contact me today at Hope and Healing Counseling Center, LLC in North Augusta, SC. As a Certified EMDR Therapist, I help trauma and/or abuse survivors overcome the past and move toward a more fulfilling future.

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