This beautiful bird looks to be at peace without a care in the world. That is how most of us appear to each other, especially if you are looking at our highlights on social media. Looks can be deceiving. Notice the small mark on the bird’s chest. What happened to him? How does he feel? We may never know—but he knows.
Have you encountered a trauma? Most of us don’t escape life without our share of them. We can help your heart and mind heal.
What is Trauma?
“Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual's functioning and physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being” (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, 2018).
What Kind of Things Count?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. An illness many soldiers incur as a result of trauma (learn more).
Adverse Childhood Experiences. Think of things like abuse, divorce, and poverty (learn more).
Think of catasrophes like wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and more.
Car wrecks, being trapped in an elevator, getting lost in the mountains, and numerous other unexpected accidents.
911 is the first that comes to mind. We can all imagine the devastation terrorism can bring.
Work-place, School, or Religious Incidents
Work-place violence, school shootings, reports of suicide, and violence at religious institutions are among the sources.
There is no one thing or hard rule. If it affects you according to the trauma definition, it is trauma. Losing a job, bullying, and thousands of everyday things can produce trauma.
We offer counseling for various types of trauma.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences (learn more).
EMDR is showing tremendous success rates.
We do not currently prescribe medication.
Photo credit: Freida Brantley