What is Trauma?
A traumatic event can include something from a person’s childhood or adulthood that is deeply distressing or disturbing and affects one’s ability to cope. Things such as death in the family, abuse or neglect, an accident, an assault, and natural disasters can cause short and long term effects such as shock, denial, unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, nightmares and even psychical symptoms. This may also be referred to as PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).
People working in crisis/emergency care can also experience trauma from all they see on a day to day basis. Secondary trauma can occur for people working in the helping professions of health care, social work, police, hospitals, mental health counselors, pastors, etc…
Treatment for Trauma
Here at Authentic Connections Counseling Center, our therapists have training and practice in working with those who have experienced trauma in their lives. Our compassion and genuine environment creates a safe place for you to work through some of the hardest feelings and memories. Most of our therapists are trained in EMDR therapy which is a very effective way to treat trauma, PTSD, grief and loss.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR re-works how trauma has been stored in the memory network of the brain using a structured treatment method and bi-lateral stimulation that helps reprocess a disturbing moment that many clients have referred to as being “stuck” or “frozen in time”. When processed in a safe environment with EMDR, the event is less distressing and deescalates a person’s reactions.
EMDR has scientific research establishing this therapy as effective for post traumatic stress . However, clinicians and clients have reported success using EMDR to treat : panic attacks, personality disorders, grief, disturbing memories, phobias, eating disorders, performance anxiety, stress reductions, pain disorders and addictions. During EMDR therapy, the client is in control and can stop or slow down at anytime. Please look up this website for more information www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/ and feel free to give us a call for more information or questions specific to you.
Grief & Loss
Grief can also be a form a trauma. It can feel painful and overwhelming. It can open up a whole other world of emotions that are intense and sometimes don’t even make sense. When one experiences loss, it usually connects to other losses in one’s life, it just doesn’t focus on the most recent. Our therapists will help you unpack these feelings and memories in a non-judgmental space. Therapy gives voice to the events that need processing. The grieving process is personal and not everyone grieves the same. The therapists at Authentic Connections Counseling Center allow you to move through your grieving process, however long that takes, with no specific rules on how to grieve, just a comforting presence to walk through this hard time with you.