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.
How and Why Does This Happen?
There are various forms of trauma, such as a “one-time event” like being involved in an accident, an injury, a natural disaster, being the victim of a violent attack, a sexual abuse, or witnessing a violent attack. There is also a form of ongoing trauma, which can result from living in a crime-ridden area, repeated abuse, violence, or battling a life-threatening illness. There are many commonly overlooked events that can cause trauma to a person’s psychological health, including surgery, a sudden death of a loved one, the end of a significant relationship, or a humiliating or deeply disappointing experience. 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.
Everyone reacts differently to trauma through a wide-range of physical and emotional responses. The most common emotional and physical reactions 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 Focused Therapy?
Trauma focused therapy, offered by the mental health specialists at Counseling of Southwest Florida offers a cognitive behavioral therapy to address the 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.
Find 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 and speak with one of our counseling coordinators.