Trauma Therapy For Women
What does the word Trauma mean to you?
Often war, physical or sexual abuse comes to mind. Yet, we now know that trauma and it's effects are much more broad and far reaching.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are extremely common. In the original study, 67% of the population had at least one ACE, and 12.6% (one in eight) had four or more. The higher the ACE score, the worse the person’s health outcomes. The original ACEs study was conducted with a population that was 70% college-educated. I came across ACEs while listening to NPR on a walk three years ago and immediately researched and began using it in my practice to help clients understand their own behaviors. ACEs are endemic in our society. So many people in all walks of life have grown up with a family member who suffered from some kind of mental ill-health, or had a parent who drank too much, or who physically or emotionally abused their spouse or children. It is an issue that touches many of us – with devastating implications. People exposed to very high doses of trauma have triple the risk of developing heart disease and lung cancer and can expect a 20-year reduction in life expectancy.
**Please note disclosure below. A complete assessment for trauma and other mental health issues can only be administered and discussed during a scheduled professional session.
Trauma leads to the repeated involuntary triggering of the stress reaction in the body, which often causes one to feel overwhelming fear and helplessness. Instead of experiencing the trauma just once, the mind/body continues to relive the traumatic memory over and over, lasting months, years or even decades. This continued hyper-arousal can cause severe stress on the body and deep physical and emotional pain.
I work with you to design a unique and individual healing program to address, treat and heal your specific trauma-related symptoms.
Signs of Trauma
It’s important to enter a trauma treatment program as soon as possible when symptoms are interfering with the quality of your life. Without professional treatment, symptoms of trauma will likely worsen and can be disabling.
Common warning signs that indicate the need for treatment include:
- Abuse of drugs and/or alcohol
- Disturbances in appetite and/or changes in eating patterns
- Inability to trust others
- Difficulty concentrating/easily distracted
- Feeling uncomfortable or anxious in social situations
- Recurring thoughts from the trauma interfering with everyday life
What You Need to Know About Trauma
Each person experiences situations differently. What may be traumatic to one person might not necessarily impact another in the same way. It is important to remember that many factors contribute to how a person experiences and remembers a significant event.
Examples of traumatic events include:
- physical injury
- physical/emotional abuse
- witnessing death
- losing a loved one
- a natural disaster
The good news is that you can heal from trauma. Let's work together to form a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to address and treat your specific needs to help you reclaim your life.
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