Trauma is an individual’s emotional response to a deeply disturbing and possibly life-threatening event or series of events over time. Trauma events are typically sudden, unpredictable, and outside of one’s control which further serves to undermine an individual’s sense of safety while contributing to strong feelings of looming catastrophe.
Examples of traumatizing events include, but are not limited to:
- physical violence, abuse or sexual assault,
- prolonged neglect, hunger, or isolation,
- parental loss in childhood,
- military combat experience
- serious car accident
- the unexpected death of a loved one
Trauma is not defined by the event(s) itself, but by an individual’s response to the event(s). In fact, what is traumatic to one person may or may not be traumatic to another. Trauma can often look and feel very similar to anxiety, depression, and anger issues but include additional symptoms such as nightmares for example. Some forms of trauma such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are both trauma and stress-related where the trauma is persistently re-experienced in the form of intrusive recollections, dreams, and even dissociative flashback episodes. PTSD can be debilitating and often requires treatment to function with some normalcy.
Agape Love is trauma-focused in our care and we want you to know that trauma is indeed treatable. Individual therapy, group therapy, and other therapeutic activities help you process what has happened to you in order to begin the healing in a healthy way. We use such methods as: eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) as appropriate, art therapy, relaxation techniques, journaling, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as needed. We understand it can be difficult and scary to begin facing and resolving trauma, but we are here to help you on your healing journey at a pace that works for you.