Trauma is the result of an emotional response to a tragic accident or event that one experiences. These events, such as abuse (physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect), natural disasters, and war, can create a multitude of symptoms that the body responses with. Trauma comes in all different sizes and has significant impact on the brain. Through trauma therapy and trauma counselling services, Creative Counseling Center helps adults, teens and children to process painful events as productively as possible.
Emotional and psychological symptoms of trauma:
- Anger/irritability/mood swings
- Anxiety and fear
- Isolating/withdrawing from others
- Feeling sad or hopeless
- Confusion/difficulty concentrating
- Feeling disconnected or numb
Physical symptoms of trauma:
- Insomnia or nightmares
- Hypervigilant (easily startled/on edge)
- Increased heartbeat
- Aches and pains
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increased agitation
Here are a few tips to take care of yourself after a trauma happens:
- Invest in self-care (getting plenty of sleep, eating healthy, drinking water, etc).
- Give yourself permission to feel all your emotions (feelings are normal and part of the process). Crying is a natural release.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol use. This often will make symptoms worse.
- Maintain a consistent, predictable, and structured routine as much as possible.
- Avoid isolating. Connect with friends, family, or a mental health professional for support and encouragement.
- Contact a therapist for professional support during this time.
Our therapists work with you in a collaborative manner to explore your needs and create a plan to help to you get to your end results. If you or someone you know is has experienced a traumatic experience and is in need of trauma therapy or trauma counselling please contact us at 303.843.6000 or click the button below to request a free initial phone consultation.