Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime whether it’s 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.
While many people can recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends and bounce back with resiliency, others may discover effects of lasting trauma, which 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.
According to the four types of symptoms listed in the DSM-5
- Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
- Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt
- Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks
- 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 the most effective form of treatment for trauma. At IPCI, we use a tri-phasic model of trauma treatment per recommendations from the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (isst-d.org) which includes: Phase 1-Safety & Stabilization; Phase 2-Trauma Processing; Phase 3-Integration. We will not address details of past trauma until a safe working relationship is formed and skills to manage emotions are in place. Many of our providers are also trained in EMDR, or Eye-Movement, Desensitization, & Reprocessing, that is an effective and evidenced-based treatment for trauma recovery. Please see the Services tab for more information.
If you or someone you know match the trauma symptoms listed above, we are confident that we can help and invite you to contact us today to see whether therapy is right for you.