What is Direct Trauma?
It is an experience or event that evokes intense fear or terror plus a sense of powerlessness, which in turn changes how you view yourself and the world. The emotional, physiological, or psychological injury changes the way you interact with the world and creates intense levels of emotional and psychological suffering.
This can be caused by a single adverse experience or a series of distressing experiences, that interfere with daily functioning. It also creates a chain reaction of physiological symptoms, behavioral reactions, and emotional distress. These trauma experiences can trigger symptoms soon after the event or it can take months to
Events can range from adverse childhood experiences, medical procedures, physical injuries, natural disasters, the death of a loved one, or any other experience that fit the definition of trauma.
What is Indirect Trauma?
It is the witnessing of an event or situation that evokes intense fear or terror, plus the sense of powerlessness, which in turn changes how you view yourself and the world. Witnessing this type of event can also create intense levels of emotional and psychological suffering. This occurs when a person is exposed to difficult or disturbing images and stories second-hand.
Many helping professions experience indirect trauma due to the nature of their work. This includes first responders, medical workers, news reporters, mental health professionals, legal system professionals, and many more. This can also be impacted by people just like you and me that watch television shows that are graphic or disturbing.
Here is a list of symptoms you may experience: (please note that this list is not exhaustive)
- Anxiety, panic, or fear
- Depression, sadness, feeling of hopelessness / powerlessness
- Irritability, anger, or disruptive/aggressive behavior
- Disturbing and unwanted memories and thoughts
- Sleep disturbance and nightmares
- Trouble with concentration or forgetfulness
- Withdrawal, avoidance, procrastination
- Dissociation, losing track of time
- Physical symptoms
- racing heart
- Stomach aches
- Muscle tension
- Body aches and pains
What is Trauma Focused Therapy?
Trauma-focused therapy is used to help patients work through the traumatic experience and decrease the disturbing symptoms. It is tailored to help the patient learn to identify triggers, emotionally regulate, and desensitize the disturbing emotions and memories.
Our therapists have obtained advanced training in the area of trauma-informed care, clinical trauma, complex PTSD, motherhood trauma, and more. They work with each individual to develop an individualized treatment plan to address the areas of distress.
The modalities currently being used at Authentic Journey to treat trauma symptoms include:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Art Therapy
What You Should Expect from Us
At Authentic Journey, we believe that counseling is time-limited and the goal is to help you find relief, gain coping skills, and help you in your path to healing.
We help our patients with awareness training, trigger identification, emotional regulation, and desensitizing disturbing emotions and memories. Knowing that you have a therapist that can see beyond the surface of your suffering can help you focus your energy on healing from the trauma experience.
Part of our commitment to you is ensuring that you feel comfortable with your therapist in order to make the progress you are looking for. If you feel that the therapist you are seeing is not a good match for you, we will help you find another therapist that meets your style and personality. Therapy is a collaborative effort and we encourage you to speak up.