Trauma can affect people of all ages. The effects vary from mild to severe. Everyone responds differently to traumatic experiences. An event that may be traumatic to one person may not be traumatic to another. Trauma is the result when you experience excessive stress, so much that your body is no longer able to emotionally or physically cope with it. Physical wounds heal from traumatic events; emotional wounds can develop into psychological issues if left untreated. With Trauma counseling you will learn to heal the emotional wounds.
Trauma counseling uses many specialized techniques to help you identify and learn to cope or work through emotions you have regarding the event. These can be internal emotions that you are not even aware of. When your natural coping skills are not effective this can result in an emotional or psychological breakdown. Trauma counseling works to resolve the negative emotions from the trauma you have endured to free you from these overwhelming harmful feelings resulting in the ability to cope with past traumas and reclaim your life and your future.
One time or single traumatic incidents include such traumas a robbery, rape, plane crashes, hurricanes and car accidents. These usually result from natural causes or from violence inflicted from one person to another.
Long term or repeated traumatic incidents are those incidents that are the result of a prolonged experience such as physical or sexual abuse, captivity or other long term abuses. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is frequently the result of a long term trauma.
Trauma can cause physical, emotional and cognitive symptoms. Physical symptoms can include sleeping and eating problems, exhaustion and unexplained chronic pain. Emotionally victims of trauma can feel anxious, fearful, depressed and become withdrawn. Some experience recurring panic attacks. Cognitive changes include difficulty concentrating or remembering and being easily distracted. Many people have nightmares, flashbacks or amnesia.
It is important to remember that everyone reacts differently to trauma and there is no set of guidelines to determine what level of trauma they feel. The symptoms of trauma can be immediate or in some cases they can fester for weeks, months or even years after the traumatic event before the symptoms are recognizable. It is important if you have experienced a traumatic even that you get therapy immediately, the sooner you learn to cope with the events the better your chances of a full recovery. Trauma therapy can offer a supportive and safe environment to help you work through traumatic events in your life.