Trauma & PTSD

On the Beach Counseling Can Help

Yes! You CAN learn skills and tools to manage your trauma and the negative thoughts,

feelings, and behaviors that can be so debilitating!

Seeking therapy after a traumatic experience can be a crucial step in processing and

coping with the intricate emotional states that linger after traumatic events, as it can

create a safe, non-judgmental space to unpack complicated feelings and thoughts.

In therapy, trauma therapy in particular, individuals can learn techniques to manage the

intense emotional reactions associated with traumatic experiences, and individual

dialogue can empower individuals to voice their emotional struggles and make meaning

of their experiences. Studies have supported that various modalities of therapy,

especially Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and

Reprocessing (EMDR), have been effective in treating trauma and PTSD.

What is Trauma?

Trauma is a term used to describe an overwhelming event or situation that may cause

physical and/or emotional harm to an individual. Traumatic experiences can be

persistent and may involve physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. It can also be related

to natural disasters, severe accidents, or life-threatening incidents.

Symptoms of Trauma

Symptoms of trauma can manifest in various forms, including intrusive thoughts,

avoidance, negative mood, and heightened arousal. These symptoms can result in

feelings of guilt, shame, and fear that can interfere with the individual’s daily functioning

and interpersonal relationships. When these symptoms persist for over a month, the

individual may be diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD is a mental health condition that affects individuals who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. PTSD can develop after a single traumatic event or an accumulation of ongoing stressors or trauma exposure. Common symptoms of PTSD include re-experiencing symptoms, such as flashbacks, nightmares, or intrusive thoughts, avoidance behaviors such as avoiding people, places, or memories that may remind the individual of the traumatic event. Negative changes in mood or cognition, including feelings of numbness, guilt, difficulty sleeping, and changes in eating habits,

can also occur. Hyperarousal symptoms can include increased vigilance, irritability, and difficulty concentrating.

How We Can Help

While traumatic events can have a significant impact on an individual’s mental health, it is important to note that healing and recovery are possible.

Trauma can have long-lasting effects on an individual’s mental health. When experienced, trauma can lead to PTSD, presenting with symptoms like re-experiencing, avoidance behaviors, negative changes in mood, and hyperarousal. With the help of therapy, individuals can develop coping skills to manage these emotions, thoughts, and mood changes and build resiliency toward future stressors.

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