Do I Need Treatment for Trauma or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
An unsettling or terrifying event in life can trigger trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While PTSD is commonly associated with veterans who return home from war, it can happen to anyone that experiences something in their life that was unexpected or unsettling. A natural disaster, witness to a shooting, mental or physical abuse, even a car accident can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder.
When I was working in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina, there were countless residents whose homes, personal possessions, and savings were washed away. Many families were separated and forced to live in different locations. I recall how difficult a time it was for many whom I helped work through their fears, depression and trauma.
Coping with and Treating PTSD
After a traumatic event, it’s normal for a person to feel scared or numb, or to feel concerned that a similar event will happen again. A person suffering from PTSD might continue to relive the event in his or her mind or have nightmares associated with it. Without help and treatment, the feelings of anxiety and fear may become more intense. To avoid triggering memories or flashbacks, a person with PTSD might avoid situations, people, or places that are connected to the event.
Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
If you’ve experienced a traumatic event or have a loved one who’s experienced a traumatic event, help is available. As a licensed therapist and clinical social worker, I offer more than 15 years of extensive experience in trauma therapy and resolution. The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina mentioned above is just one example of my experience treating individuals suffering from trauma in some of the harshest and most challenging environments.
My approach to treating a client suffering from trauma is gentle and non-judgmental. The environment I created at Strength to Strength is safe and nurturing, so you are free to explore the underlying causes of your trauma. As we work together during your therapy, you will re-emerge healthier, more confident and emotionally stronger.