Trauma counselling targets negative feelings, thoughts, and behaviours that follow a sudden distressing event, or a prolonged negative experience like abuse. Sometimes these incidences lead to signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Events such as a physical attack, a break-in/burglary, or an accident can bring on symptoms such as:
. intrusive recollections of the distressing event
. changes in sleep
. recurrent vivid dreams of the distressing event
. short tempered
. self-esteem changes (i.e self-doubt, decrease in self-worth)
. feeling numb or empty
. poor concentration
. feeling detached
. needing to be ultra-alert
. avoidance of activities and/or places that arouse distressing memories
. guilty feelings
Similar to talk therapy methods such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an effective approach to treating trauma.
Call or contact me if you have any questions about trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, EMDR, and/or trauma counselling and we can talk about a treatment plan that best suits you or your child.