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    Trauma Counseling

    Trauma comes in many forms. It can be a single, deeply distressing event like a car accident or a sexual assault. In the case of complex trauma, it can take place over time from the controlling and abusive behavior from a parent or a partner. It can happen in situations we expect to be safe like at a job, a party, or a church and it can be caused by a person who previously had been safe. It can even happen from something expected, such as a surgery or a having a loved one enter hospice.

    Regardless of how it occurs, the effects of trauma can be severe and cause significant negative consequences if left untreated. Many people struggle with reduced functioning at home or work, trouble forming or maintaining close relationships, or overusing substances like tobacco, alcohol, or even food. They may struggle to move on from the terrible event(s) and feel like life is going on without them.

    Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress

    We all react to trauma in different ways, experiencing a wide range of physical and emotional reactions. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to think, feel, or respond, so don’t judge your own reactions or those of other people. Your responses are normal reactions to abnormal events. If you notice that you are experiencing some of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing post-traumatic stress.

    Emotional & psychological symptoms:

    1. Anger, irritability, mood swings
    2. Anxiety or depression
    3. Confusion, difficulty concentrating
    4. Feeling disconnected or numb
    5. Feeling sad or hopeless
    6. Guilt, shame, self-blame
    7. Shock, denial, or disbelief
    8. Withdrawing from others

    Physical symptoms:

    1. Aches and pains
    2. Being startled easily
    3. Difficulty concentrating
    4. Edginess and agitation
    5. Fatigue
    6. Insomnia or nightmares
    7. Muscle tension
    8. Racing heartbeat

    What’s Next?

    Post-traumatic stress can persist long after the event(s) that caused it, overwhelming internal resources and external supports. Research has shown that trauma can even cause physical changes to the brain, making untreated symptoms difficult to recover from.

    An important step for many in healing from traumatic experiences is seeking professional support. Research has shown trauma-informed counseling to be highly effective in reducing and even eliminating post-traumatic stress symptoms. The following are some basic goals of trauma-informed counseling:

    1. To desensitize the emotional power of memories
    2. To establish boundaries with toxic relationships or institutions
    3. To successfully handle the reality of the traumatic event
    4. To work through feelings of shame and self-blame
    5. To reduce or eliminate painful symptoms of trauma
    6. To reorient the focus to the present
    7. To boost day-to-day functioning and self-care
    8. To help individuals regain agency
    9. To build effective coping skills

    To do that, trauma-informed therapy focuses on helping you feel safe and comfortable with confronting painful experiences. Specific techniques are used, such as EMDR and CBT, to help process painful memories and identify unhelpful thinking patterns. For more information about PTSD counseling, such as EMDR therapy or CBT therapy, please check out the respective links on our website and contact us for a free consultation.

    These clinicians specialize in trauma counseling.

    Kevin Maybury (He/him/his)

    Kevin Maybury (He/him/his)

    My hope for each client I see is that they gain a better understanding of themselves and in turn a better understanding of the world around them. As a therapist, my role is to provide a […]
    Marianne Boykin (She/her/hers)

    Marianne Boykin (She/her/hers)

    Marianne is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Her areas of experience and training include trauma […]
    Sharon Werner (She/her/hers)

    Sharon Werner (She/her/hers)

    As a therapist, my goal is to create a safe, respectful, and compassionate space to explore strong emotions and the role they may be serving in your life. Feelings and actions that don’t make sense on […]
    Emily Thomas (She/her/hers)

    Emily Thomas (She/her/hers)

    I am a licensed clinical social work and I have a Master's degree in social work from Wayne State University and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Wayne State. I have experience […]
    Robert Conrad (He/him/his)

    Robert Conrad (He/him/his)

    Rob is an LMSW Licensed Master of Social Work and earned his Master's of Social Work from the University of Michigan. Rob has experience working with children, teens, families, and adults.
    Megan Flier (She/her/hers)

    Megan Flier (She/her/hers)

    As a therapist, I see my work with each person as a privilege. To be allowed to hear a person's story is an honor, even more so to walk with someone as they seek resolution to whatever troubles they are facing […]
    Bren Shantz (He/him/his)

    Bren Shantz (He/him/his)

    Deciding to start the counseling process can feel overwhelming. For many people, the emotions and experiences that are causing suffering have existed for such a long time that […]

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