Many people will experience trauma in their lifetime. It may be a result of a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, an extreme breach of trust, exposure to the violence, or other distressing life experience. If you have experienced something like this, Grounded Psychology can help. Please reach out to book a free 15 minute consultation with Sara Katanforoush today.
While many people can recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends and bounce back with resiliency, others may discover effects of lasting trauma. This can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic stress long after the event has passed.
In these circumstances, the support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist is fundamental to healing from trauma.
Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy has been demonstrated to be an effective form of treatment for processing traumatic experiences. Unlike talk therapy, EMDR focuses on changing how memories are stored in our mind to reduce difficult symptoms resulting from the experiences.
According to the four types of symptoms listed in the DSM-5
- Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
- Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt
- Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks
- Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance
- Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm
- Sleep disturbances
Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms
- Loss of interest in activities that were once considered enjoyable
- Difficulty remembering details of the distressing event
- Change in habits or behavior since the trauma
If you or someone you know matches the trauma symptoms listed above, the therapists at Grounded Psychology would love to help, and invite you to contact me today to schedule an appointment.