What is Trauma?
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder—or Trauma—is the physical and emotional responses that someone has due to an extremely negative event. These responses disrupt the normal functioning of that person, leaving them unable to respond to everyday situations.
While the definition of “negative” can vary from person to person, some experiences are almost universally traumatic:
Experiencing or witnessing a violent act
Rape and sexual abuse
Neglect during childhood, whether physical or emotional
Disruptive natural disasters and terrorist attacks
Permanent and abrupt separation form loved ones
The PTSD therapy path falls into two main stages:
The first stage of trauma and PTSD counseling begins with understanding your body’s fight-or-flight response. By being aware of this defense mechanism, you can then learn to self-regulate your emotions. When you are comfortable, we will begin exploring your feelings associated with the trauma (though, to repeat, you are under no obligation to rehearse your experiences). With this knowledge, you will
begin to be able to establish trust with others, whether by rediscovering old connections or by finding new ones.
Once you have regained a sense of agency over your life, we can begin discussing your “post trauma” goals and the direction you want to go with your life. You will then have the tools to leverage your own resilience in exploring relationships. All the while, you will be able to grow and heal within the consistent and therapeutic environment from beginning to end.
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