Harper wakes throughout the night, every night. It’s been this way for the last 6 months. She drifts to sleep quickly, but can’t seem to stay asleep for more than 30 minutes at a time. She’s hyperaware of the cars that pass outside, the rumble of the A/C, the whirring of the ceiling fan, and every other little noise. It isn’t much better during the day—Harper is always on edge these days. Ever since her trauma.
Traumatic events can have a negative impact on an individual, like Harper, for years and years to come. They might start to experience harmful symptoms like this hypervigilance, sleep disturbances, anxiety, and more. The good news, though, is that we are not powerless in our fight against trauma. While we can’t change the past, we can change how we process and respond to the traumatic event moving forward. We can choose to work with a trauma therapist who can help us wrap our minds around what we have experienced, accept it, and allow ourselves to move on.
It doesn’t matter how tough we are. Trauma always leaves a scar.
It follows us home, it changes our lives.
Trauma therapy at Thriveworks Counseling in Norwalk, CT is now available. You can schedule a session with a trauma therapist or counselor now; you are likely to meet with your counselor within 24-48 hours of your call. These mental health professionals know trauma inside and out. They know how it can change your brain and your behavior. They also know how to help you take back control of your life, work through your trauma, and go on to live happily once again. If you have witnessed a traumatic event, please consider reaching out to our office to get the help that you need.
What Does Trauma Look Like? How Does It Feel?
Traumatic experiences are distressing and/or disturbing. Oftentimes, they have a negative psychological impact on those who witness them. Traumatic experiences include physical or mental abuse, violence, the death of a loved one, natural disasters, bullying, military combat, and more.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) lists the following symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which often develops as the result of trauma:
- Distressing memories of the trauma
- Difficulty falling and/or staying asleep
- Loss of interest in day to day activities
- Detachment from others and one’s everyday life
- Lack of happiness and fulfillment
- Reckless behavior
- Psychological distress when exposed to triggers
Do these symptoms sound familiar? Have you been experiencing these symptoms ever since your trauma? Consider reaching out to Thriveworks in Norwalk. It’s important that you talk to a professional about what you’ve been through, so they can help you manage your PTSD symptoms and heal from your trauma.
How Does Trauma Therapy Work?
Trauma therapy combines different therapy techniques to help people deal with their trauma and manage the harmful symptoms that might transpire. You can prepare for trauma therapy and help your trauma therapist by thinking about an important question: What do you need or hope to get out of trauma therapy? Trauma therapy can help you to…
- Accept the traumatic event that you have experienced
- Reduce or cope with harmful symptoms of PTSD
- Rebuild your confidence and strength
- Improve day to day functioning
- Feel excited about your present and future again
“Trauma therapy can work in a number of ways,” explains Lilliam Rodriquez, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at our Norwalk office. “The approach will be determined by the symptoms being presented, the particular experience of events, as well as the client’s readiness and willingness to explore different areas of the traumatic experience. For example, for an individual who has moderate symptoms, a strong support network and is ready to process the event the therapist might support the client in addressing the particulars of the traumatic experience. For another client who might have experienced sexual violence, is struggling in school, has severe decline in other areas of functioning, and has limited coping skills the therapist might focus more on addressing the symptoms and avoid the retelling or processing of the traumatic event. It’s important to work with a trauma specialist who understands the intricacies of traumatic experiences and the importance of tailored treatment for trauma survivors.”
Work with a Trauma Therapist at Thriveworks in Norwalk, CT
Trauma therapy can benefit any individual who has been exposed to a traumatic event. If you are struggling post-trauma, please consider reaching out to Thriveworks in Norwalk, CT for our professional guidance, assistance, and support. We have providers on our team who specialize in trauma therapy and who would be happy to join you on your journey of healing.
To schedule an appointment with a trauma therapist, call our office. It’s as simple as that. Our scheduling team will help you find a day and time that fits into your schedule for meeting with your counselor. Keep in mind that we have many appointment times to choose from including daytime and evening sessions. We also offer weekend appointments.
Thriveworks Counseling in Norwalk, CT is excited for the chance to work with you. We want to offer you the help and healing you’re looking for.