Any event that threatens the integrity of your life or body can subject you to traumatic stress. This is a normal reaction, which helps your mind and body to adapt to protect you by preparing you to react to the threat by fighting or fleeing.
Traumatic stress can be caused by single incidents such as car accident, rape, being a victim of a natural disaster, illness, witnessing a terror attack or robbery, and physical and emotional abuse. The severity of trauma tends to vary from individual to individual.
Trauma Counselors at Thriveworks Tucson East can help you identify and address any feelings and emotions you may be experiencing following a traumatic event of any size or intensity. Book online or call for an appointment today at (520) 827-6372.
How Do I Know If I Need Trauma Counseling?
If you’ve been a victim of a traumatic event such as rape, car accident, robbery, terror attack, terror, childhood neglect, divorce, terminal illness, losing a loved one, it is imperative that you understand the symptoms of trauma because you will be able to determine whether you need to seek help.
After a traumatic event, shock and denial are imminent. These reactions may go away, but you may experience long-term reactions such as:
- Feelings of isolation
- Consistent feelings of despair and sadness
- Extreme guilt,
- Avoiding situations associated with the trauma
- Physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, cold sweating, hyper startle response
- Difficulties in concentrating
- Sleep disturbances
- Sexual dysfunctionality
- Loss of appetite
- Feelings of isolation
- Self-destructive behavior including drug and alcohol addiction, and careless driving
These symptoms vary from person to person. In addition, they may manifest one month after the event, or several years after the tragedy. If you have these symptoms and they are affecting your work, relationships, and day-to-day functioning, it is important that you seek psychological support and trauma counseling. Talking to a professional therapist at Thriveworks can help you get your life back on track.
What Should I Expect During Counseling?
Counselors at Thriveworks Tucson East are empathetic, compassionate and caring. They have strong listening skills, and they work with people from diverse backgrounds.
Thriveworks Tucson East therapists understand the principles of trauma. They utilize helpful, practical, and evidence based interventions to trauma. Your trauma counselor will give you an opportunity to share your experience or struggles in a non-judgmental space. They will evaluate your situation so that they can not only understand how the trauma has affected you, but also work with you to decide the best treatment option for you.
Your Thriveworks Tucson East counselor will help you process any difficult emotions you may have regarding the traumatic experience. Therapy sessions will equip you with skills to help you cope with the pain, anxiety, depression, and any other negative effects of the trauma that may prevent you from healthy engagement with friends and family or with life itself.
You will be able to look back at your experience without feeling guilty or ashamed. The aim of trauma therapy sessions at Thriveworks Tucson East is to help you regulate your emotions, understand your past, and move through the trauma to live a more fulfilling life.
What Treatment Modalities Do Therapists at Thriveworks Implement?
Therapists at Thriveworks Tucson East rely on evidence-based therapy models. In addition, trauma counselors at Thriveworks understand that trauma counseling is not a one size-fits all approach.
Therefore, your trauma therapist will adapt the best treatment modality for your symptoms, which may be one of the below:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Exposure therapy or Vivo exposure therapy
- Psychodynamic or talk therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
How Do I Schedule an Appointment at Thriveworks Tucson East?
At Thriveworks Tucson East, we help trauma survivors reduce the pain, anxiety, stress, depression, anger, social isolation, panic attacks, guilt and other negative effects associated with a specific traumatic experience. If you are struggling with the above feelings, working with a counselor at Thriveworks Tucson East will equip you with skills that will not only help you understand your trauma, but also effectively work through it.
You can schedule an appointment with a counselor or therapist at Thriveworks Tucson East by booking online or contacting us at (520) 827-6372. We accept various insurance plans. We offer early, late and weekend appointments to best serve your availability.