Trauma affects different people in different ways. Some people rebound quickly while others have a more difficult time recovering. Examples of trauma in adulthood can include a single incident or ongoing events. Examples may be :

  • a single incident such as an accident, natural disaster or violent attack
  • ongoing stress such as coping with a chronic illness or caregiving a loved one who is ill, exposure to ongoing domestic violence, long term unemployment and socio-economic issues.
  • unresolved trauma from childhood. People who have a history of trauma from childhood often have a more difficult time recovering from a trauma in adulthood.

Children who have been traumatized see the world as a frightening and dangerous place. When this trauma is not resolved, a fundamental sense of fear and helplessness carries into adulthood, making it more difficult to recuperate from tragic events. Childhood trauma results from anything that affects a child’s sense of safety and security, including :

  • an unstable or unsafe home
  • neglect
  • separation from a parent or parent figure
  • serious illness or intrusive medical procedures
  • sexual or physical abuse
  • living with domestic violence
  • bullying

Symptoms of trauma can include :

  • disbelief or shock
  • anger or mood swings
  • sadness or depression
  • anxiety or nervousness
  • confusion or difficulty concentrating
  • withdrawing from others and feeling numb or disconnected

If left unresolved, trauma symptoms can evolve into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, creating:

  • nightmares
  • flashbacks
  • numbness
  • difficulty sleeping
  • the need to be overly attentive (hyper vigilant)

I specialize in working with people who have experienced both ongoing or a single incident trauma. My training and experience will help to decrease your symptoms and facilitate better functioning in all areas of life.