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    Treatment for Trauma

    Most adults will experience trauma in their lifetime whether it’s a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, or a natural disaster. Children are no different. A traumatic pregnancy, NICU stay, unstable living environment, or various other distressing events can affect our children throughout their life.

    While many people can recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends, others may discover the effects of lasting trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or post-traumatic stress far after the event has passed.

    In these circumstances, the support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist are fundamental to healing from trauma.

    Trauma 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

    Treatments such as trauma release exercises, rhythmic movement therapy, and Safe and Sound listening, along with psychotherapy have been established as effective forms of treatment for trauma.

    If you are interested in learning more about any of the treatments listed above please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.