Everyone, including children, experiences Trauma during the course of their lifetime. We experience Trauma through witnessing events, being engaged in events or through repeated exposure to Traumatic events. In most cases, we experience symptoms that are disruptive to our functioning for a brief period of time and then we are able to process through the Trauma and continue on without further disruption. However, sometimes, we become stuck in the Trauma.
The brain knows how to process Trauma which is why in most cases, we can witness or experience a Traumatic event and then continue to move forward. The experience of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is the process of being stuck on the path of natural processing of Trauma. Both adults and children can struggle the process of being stuck. It is important to remember that each individual regardless of age or background, can respond differently to a Traumatic event. Even the same event can trigger different reactions from individuals depending on age, developmental level and previous experiences. With Trauma-focused treatment, an individual can assist their own brain in processing the Trauma and see symptom relief.
People experience the process of being stuck in Trauma in many different ways. Some people go to great lengths to avoid people, places, or events that trigger the memory of the event - such as public places or large crowds. Some experience symptoms of self-blame, survivor guilt, consistent depressed mood, irritability, flashes of experiences, dreams, and/or flashbacks. Some individuals experience anger, aggression, feeling "distant" from others and/or numb. Difficulties related to Trauma experiences can also be exhibited in such ways as engaging in reckless or dangerous behaviors, being "overly aware" of the surroundings (counting people, watching packages etc), feeling "jumpy," difficulties with concentration and sleep.
If you have experienced a Trauma through direct involvement, witnessed or been repeatedly exposed to Traumatic material and are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may benefit from Trauma focused therapy. Trauma focused therapy would include an interview by a clinician regarding your symptoms and at times talking about the Trauma. A plan would then developed with the clinician regarding the treatment modality that best suits your needs.
Our clinicians are specifically trained to help you overcome Trauma and the effects it may be having on your life.