Rise Above Counseling – Trauma

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Trauma, I can help!

I would love to work with you to "Rise Above" past trauma, and help you on your journey to live your best life. Feel free to reach out with any questions. I offer a free consultation to see if we would be a good fit. From the time we first talk or interact, everything is completely confidential. The best time to begin is now! Just click on the Get Started button to begin a journey to a new you.

Trauma, what is it?

Going through very stressful, frightening or distressing events is sometimes called trauma. When we talk about emotional or psychological trauma, we might mean:

  • situations or events we find traumatic
  • how we're affected by our experiences.

If you've been affected by trauma, it's important to remember that you survived however you could and are having common, normal reactions. Going through further trauma can also cause you to start being affected by past experiences, or make existing problems worse. It's ok to ask for help at any time – including if you're not sure if you've experienced trauma.

What experiences may be traumatic?

Traumatic events can happen at any age and can cause long-lasting harm. Everyone has a different reaction to trauma, so you might notice any effects quickly, or a long time afterwards.

What's traumatic is personal. Other people can't know how you feel about your own experiences or if they were traumatic for you. You might have similar experiences to someone else, but be affected differently. 

Trauma can include events where you feel:

  • frightened
  • under threat
  • humiliated
  • rejected
  • abandoned
  • invalidated
  • unsafe
  • unsupported
  • trapped
  • ashamed
  • powerless

Ways trauma happens:

  • one-off or ongoing events
  • being directly harmed
  • witnessing harm to someone else
  • living in a traumatic atmosphere
  • being affected by trauma in a family or community

Your experience of trauma might relate to parts of your identity, including if you've been harassed, bullied or discriminated against.

Can Trauma cause mental health problems?

Trauma can sometimes directly cause mental health problems, or make you more vulnerable to developing them. It is among the potential causes of all mental health problems. It can be difficult to tell which problems are being caused by trauma.

Some conditions are also known to develop as a direct result of trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (complex PTSD).

How you're affected may depend on other things too, such as:

  • previous experiences of trauma
  • other stresses or worries at the time or later on 
  • being harmed by people close to you
  • whether anyone helped or supported you

If you told someone about what happened and they didn't listen to you or help you, this might have stopped you getting the support you needed or made you feel alone – which might have made the effects of trauma worse.

I would love to work with you to "Rise Above" past trauma, and help you on your journey to live your best life. Feel free to reach out with any questions. I offer a free consultation to see if we would be a good fit. From the time we first talk or interact, everything is completely confidential. The best time to begin is now! Just click on the Get Started button to begin a journey to a new you.  

About PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychological condition when the natural recovery from trauma is arrested or delayed. With PTSD, you often relive the event through nightmares and flashbacks. The symptoms are often persistent and severe enough to have a significant impact on your day-to-day life.

As mentioned earlier, it is normal to feel fearful during and after a traumatic situation. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened, even when they are not in danger.

For those clients where trauma is interfering with their daily lives, EMDR is a good option. It is a recommended evidenced-based therapy.

I would love to work with you to "Rise Above" past trauma, and help you on your journey to live your best life. Feel free to reach out with any questions. I offer a free consultation to see if we would be a good fit. From the time we first talk or interact, everything is completely confidential. The best time to begin is now! Just click on the Get Started button to begin a journey to a new you.

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