Trauma can come from many different places, and is a severe emotional reaction to an event. Some examples of events that cause trauma are a car accident, near death experience, assault, or natural disaster. These unavoidable situations can strike fast and hard, which is what causes a trauma victim to experience severe feelings of horror and helplessness. If something traumatic has happened to you, it may be a good idea to seek trauma therapy.
Usually, the events that result in the development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are physically and mentally overwhelming for anyone. It is common for people to experience overwhelming feelings if they have experienced a situation where there was a threat of death or serious injury, or they witnessed a threat to the life of other people.
People who suffer from PTSD usually re-experience the traumatic event in one or more ways such as disturbing memories and flashbacks. In children, this is represented by play that demonstrates pieces of the traumatic experience. Some people have recurring dreams or nightmares, and/or act as if the traumatic event were still happening. Intense psychological distress and physical reactions can be triggered by any cues (images, places, smells, noises) that resemble the traumatic event. People who suffer from Post-traumatic stress disorder may try to avoid thoughts, feelings, or conversations associated with the trauma. They may avoid activities, places, or people that remind them of the trauma, lose interest in activities they used to enjoy, feel detached from others, have a sense that they will not have a future; for example they may not expect to marry, have children or to lead a normal life.
People with PTSD may also have difficulties with sleep, feel irritable, become suddenly angry, have difficulties with concentration, and be easily startled.
Work through your Trauma with Compassion Focused Therapy
If some of these symptoms are affecting you or a loved one, it may be time to seek help through trauma therapy in order to regain self-confidence and be more in control.
Clients who experience post-traumatic stress disorder will present a particular combination of symptoms. A CBT therapist from CBT Psychology for Personal Development will develop an efficient strategy of trauma therapy formulated specifically for each individual situation; usually in combination with a compassion focused therapy approach.
Everyone who experiences PTSD has a unique set of challenges, fears, and symptoms which must be dealt with in a way that helps the individual overcome them properly based on their strengths and inner resources. A CBT therapist will decide where to begin in the trauma therapy treatment process and how to respond to the obstacles.
Your CBT therapist will identify, address, and devise a plan for your trauma therapy based on the characteristics of your own personal situation.
If you are interested in trauma therapy in Thornhill, Vaughan, Markham, Richmond Hill or North York, or would like to ask any questions or schedule an appointment, please call us today at 905.597.4404