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Trauma and Grief Counseling

When a person experiences a severely distressing or life-threatening event, the extreme anxiety they feel often does not end with the conclusion of the event. It is common for many people to suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) after a traumatic event occurs. These feelings of extreme stress, helplessness, and loss of emotional control are tied to the upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety of the event that just won’t go away.

At Counseling of Southwest Florida, we offer trauma counseling and therapy to help people heal from the trauma they have experienced. Trauma therapy can help treat PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other effects of trauma. Our mental health specialists understand the techniques for combating effects of trauma and are dedicated to helping our patients heal.

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What is Trauma?

Trauma defines how a person processes or reacts to startling and upsetting occurrences in their life. Traumatic events may be a one-time event, or there can be prolonged trauma, such as childhood trauma. Trauma experienced at any point in a person’s life can result in long-lasting issues like PTSD, anxiety, depression, or CPTSD. Any event can lead to trauma if it happened unexpectedly, repeatedly, you felt unprepared for it, you felt powerless to prevent it, or it happened during your childhood.

How Do People React to Trauma?

Everyone reacts differently to trauma through a wide-range of physical and emotional responses.

The most common emotional and physical reactions to trauma are:

  • Shock and disbelief
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anger, irritability, mood swings
  • Sense of guilt and self-blame
  • Withdrawing from close friends and relatives
  • Feeling disconnected or “numb”
  • Insomnia and frequent nightmares
  • Becoming easily startled
  • Consistent edginess
  • Aches and body pains
  • Frequent tension

An event of such intensity and stress can shatter your sense of security, leaving you with a sense of helplessness in a dangerous world. Trauma disrupts your sense of safety, leaving you on-edge, anxious, nervous, and stressed out. These overwhelming emotions can take a serious toll on your emotional and physical health, as well as your personal relationships with family, significant others, and friends. It can affect virtually all aspects of your life, including your ability to hold a job effectively. Fortunately, you aren’t trapped with these burdening feelings forever.

What is Trauma Therapy?

Trauma therapy is a healing approach used to address all aspects of lasting trauma and related conditions. At Counseling of Southwest Florida, we help patients heal with mental health services that include cognitive behavioral therapy. This type of therapy for trauma works to address specific emotional and mental health needs of those who have survived a deeply disturbing or distressing event.

Our program, led by compassionate counselors, is especially sensitive to the unique issues associated with those who have dealt with violence, grief, or abuse. Our therapy programs are designed to help address distorted or unhelpful thinking that leads to negative reactions and behaviors. We teach stress management, communication skills, and more. We also provide specialized therapy for childhood trauma, working to heal patients and help them move forward.

Grief and Trauma Therapy in Naples, Florida

Counseling of Southwest Florida offers a team of licensed mental health professionals with specialized training in trauma focused therapy. We are ready to help you overcome the emotional burden of a traumatic event in a comfortable, private, and professional setting. Call today to contact mental health counselors who are ready to help you heal.