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. While many trauma survivors recover naturally, it is also common to get ‘stuck’ during recovery and develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
People with PTSD often report that they can’t stop thinking about their trauma, or that memories of their trauma(s) come to mind unexpectedly. Many people with PTSD have nightmares of the event, experience anger or irritability, struggle to maintain their jobs, relationships, and regular routines, and 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 reach out and schedule a brief call to discuss treatment. I have 10 years of experience treating PTSD at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and there are evidenced-based treatments available (that do not necessarily require you to talk about the details of your trauma). You can recover from PTSD, and move forward with living a full and vibrant life.
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 way that is beautiful and peaceful, and quite possibly questioning how this could have ever 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 for traumatic bereavement. This 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.