There is Life Beyond Your Trauma
Trauma & Abuse
Compassion, Empathy, and a Safe Space for Healing – You or your loved one went through something. Something terrible. You survived. And though life moves forward, the source of your trauma continues to impact you in ways you never imagined, and might not fully grasp yet. You are not alone.
At the City Counseling Center, we understand that it takes courage to ask for help. Whether you or your loved one needs help recovering from recent trauma or trauma from the past, we can help. There is a life beyond your trauma – together, we can help you find the path forward.
What Is Trauma?
Broadly speaking, trauma refers to a single or series of events that occur (recently or in the past) that we as individuals are unable to process. These experiences continue to impact us negatively for a long time after the traumatic event. They shatter our sense of security and serenity. In many cases, trauma renders us helpless and vulnerable or hardened and volatile in a world perceived as dangerous. Therapy allows individuals to process these traumatic events. Therapy helps to reduce the power and hold traumatic events have on an individual. Ultimately, helping them to move forward.
While trauma can appear in the form of a one-time event, such as sexual assault or a traumatic physical injury, it also can take place over more extended periods with repeated emotional, sexual, and physical abuse. No matter the type of trauma, it is essential to understand how your body holds the trauma in order to heal. Left untreated, trauma can wreak havoc on one’s mental health and physical well-being, diminishing their overall quality of life.
Types of trauma include:
- Violent personal assaults
- Sexual abuse
- Human-caused or natural accidents
- Natural disasters
- Physical or emotional abuse
- Neglect or deprivation
- Other forms of violence
Effects of trauma include:
- Behavioral challenges
- Social challenges
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Hyperarousal (feeling anxious or on edge, always looking for threats of danger)
- Feelings of guilt, shame, fear, or anger
- Chronic physical pain
- Sleep problems (trouble falling or staying asleep, nightmares, feeling unsafe at night)
- Food problems
- Inability to form healthy or meaningful relationships
- Sexual problems
- Flashbacks (relieving aspects of the traumatic event or feeling as if it is happening again)
- Panic attacks
- Dissociation (feeling numb, spacing out, detaching from people or things you love)
- Low self-esteem
- Self harm
- Suicidal thoughts
- And more
Healing From Trauma
The body and mind’s reaction to trauma varies from person to person. Many people experience intense responses immediately following their traumatic experience. These effects can last for weeks or even months after the trauma. However, other people may not experience the impact of their trauma until a significant amount of time has passed, or they experience a trigger that causes their body to react to their past trauma. Traumas can impact not just emotional health but also physical. The aftermath of a traumatic event can hinder cognitive functioning, social interaction, and spiritual wellbeing. For most, these responses lessen with time with counseling and self care.
Regardless of where you are in your experience, our therapeutic solutions can help you find a path to living a fulfilling and happy life even though you’ve experienced trauma.
Trauma Therapy With
City Counseling Center
If you or your loved ones are struggling in the aftermath of a trauma, we can help. At City Counseling Center, we are dedicated to helping you identify and overcome the obstacles impacting your happiness and wellbeing. Together we will work to process your trauma and help you develop positive coping mechanisms to live a fulfilling life after your life after trauma.
From conquering anxiety and navigating life transitions to processing trauma or loss, we are here to help you through these challenging times regardless of what you are dealing with.