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  • Counseling for Trauma

    Most people will experience some type of traumatic event in their lifetimes. Trauma can result from many kinds of unwanted events. Some of these include a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, or a natural disaster.

    Some people recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends. Luckily, some bounce back with resiliency – but that’s not always the case, nor to always be expected. Many people discover effects of lasting trauma. This can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic stress far after the event has passed.

    In these circumstances, the support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist is fundamental to healing from trauma.

    Trauma Symptoms

    There are several types of symptoms that can show up as a result of trauma:

    Avoidance Symptoms

    • Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
    • Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt

    Re-experiencing Symptoms

    • Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks

    Hyperarousal Symptoms

    • 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

    Research has proven psychotherapy to be a most effective form of treatment for trauma. 

    If you or someone you know matches the trauma symptoms listed above, help is available for you at Mill Creek Family Services. We invite you to contact us today to get the support you need.

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