Trauma Survivor: Trauma can occur during childhood, adolescence, or adult years. It can be experienced many ways, such as through physical or sexual abuse, accidents, military combat, a random act of violence, witnessing something horrific, learning of a tragedy that happened to a close friend or family member, or in the line of duty as a law enforcement officer or first responder.
Trauma survivors often report that they can’t stop thinking about what happened, or that memories of their trauma(s) come to mind unexpectedly. Many people have nightmares of the event, experience anger or irritability, and struggle to maintain their jobs, relationships, and regular routines. Some turn to alcohol, substances or other unhealthy ways to cope. Many no longer trust themselves or others, and feel the world is unsafe.
If you can relate, please feel free to contact me to schedule a brief call to discuss treatment.
Traumatic Bereavement: If you’ve lost a loved one to suicide, homicide, an accident, a disappearance, or in a sudden and unexpected manner, it can be very, very difficult to carry on. Memories of your loved one may be connected to horrific images in your mind, and you may try to avoid thinking of your loved one altogether.
You may be wondering if you will ever feel ‘normal’ again, if you will ever be able to think of your loved one in a healthy way, and questioning how this could have happened in the first place.
Grieving a traumatic death is very different from grieving an on-time or expected loss, and it can be helpful to seek treatment. Traumatic bereavement treatment is supportive and understanding, and it does not rush the journey. It includes building resources (within and around you), and it integrates evidence-based trauma treatment with necessary mourning processes.
If you would like to learn more about treatment or schedule your initial appointment, please contact me.