Trauma is an event(s) that occurred in childhood or as an adult that is so overwhelming and inherently frightening that it causes temporary, and in some cases permanent, changes in our physical and psychological responses to stress. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other debilitating responses to trauma result when the body’s normal psychological defenses against stress become overwhelmed. Thus, long after the initial trauma occurs, people may respond as if the traumatic event is currently happening; experiencing strong and painful feelings that may result in self-defeating or even self-destructive behaviors. It makes us lose our ability to trust and to be in the here and now. Maladaptive life patterns are often rooted in chronic, unresolved trauma. Symptoms can include re-experiencing the event, avoiding situations that remind you of the event, and an easily triggered physical stress response.
Trauma overwhelms our natural resources for recovery. In these cases, therapy can be extremely helpful to create a safe environment so you can work through and process the trauma resulting in shifting to living in the past trauma to living in the present moment. This will inform your current experience/reality from what is happening now, not what happened then.
What does it mean to provide “trauma counseling”?
Recovery from trauma can seem like a daunting prospect, but the good news is that symptoms of trauma or PTSD are some of the most treatable issues in mental health today. My intent is to provide education on these symptoms and how trauma works so that you can understand your trauma responses and not just assume automatically “there must be something wrong with me.”
A trusting and established relationship is essential for trauma therapy. Erika is highly skilled in cultivating a therapeutic relationship where your safety in this process in the number one priority.
Take that first step and call us to schedule an appointment at (505) 261-9770 or visit our contact page. There is never an obligation, and if we are not a good match we are happy to provide you with referrals.