Learn About Trauma
Examples of traumatic events include war, interpersonal violence, crime, child abuse, accidents, and natural disasters. Not everyone responds to these events in the same way. Some persons probably have biological or genetic vulnerabilities which make them respond to traumatic events more strongly than others. Some persons experience multiple types of trauma throughout their lives, which eventually overwhelms their ability to cope.
In some cases, persons may re-experience the traumatic events in the form of flashbacks, nightmares, or intrusive thoughts. In the case of violence or abuse, trauma often damages our ability to have healthy relationships. The effects of such intense experiences may fade with time, but often leaves lasting damage that can affect a persons life deeply unless they seek treatment.
Our clinicians are experienced in working with trauma. We only use techniques backed by research, which means that you are more likely to get the results you hope for. Contact us today for a free phone consultation, or to schedule an appointment with a clinician to learn more about trauma therapy.
Learn About PTSD
PTSD is a disorder that sometimes arises in persons who have been exposed to an intense traumatic event. It only has to be one event (though it can be multiple), but the event must be very intense. Some example of common traumatic events include:
Other accidents involving injury or death
Seeing or being the victim of a serious crime
It can be diagnosed when a person meets certain criteria for at least a month, and the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with their daily life.
The first criteria required in order to be diagnosed with PTSD is that the person was exposed to death, serious injury, sexual violence, or the threat of one of those. The event must have either happened to or been witnessed by the person, or someone close to them, or occurred in a professional setting (such as a police officer or firefighter).
The second criteria requires that the person respond to the trauma by re-experiencing it in some way. This includes intrusive unwanted thoughts and memories of the event, nightmares, flashbacks (where the person believes they are reliving the event), or by strong emotional or physical reactions to reminders of the event.
The third criteria requires that the person avoids anything that reminds them of the event. This includes even thinking about the event. This helps the person to avoid negative feelings, but it also perpetuates suffering by blocking the person from learning that the danger no longer exists.
The fourth criteria involves the emotional effects of trauma. Some people with PTSD develop overly negative views about themselves, or about the world. They may display flat or negative emotions. They often feel isolated, and have a deceased interest in activities. Some have strong feelings of guilt, and blame themselves for the traumatic event.
Finally, persons with PTSD have changes to their arousal system. This means they may be irritable or aggressive, or engage in risky behavior. Many persons with PTSD are hypervigilant, meaning they are always on the lookout for threats. They may startle easily, and sleep trouble is very common.
At FRTC, we are experienced in treating PTSD. Contact us to see if we can help with PTSD therapy.
Learn About Childhood Trauma And Abuse
Childhood trauma and abuse is very common, and the effects are profound. Whereas PTSD can be caused by one traumatic event, abuse often occurs over long periods of time. Different types of abuse include:
Sometimes a child is the victim of one perpetrator of abuse. Other times, they may be subject to different types of abuse from different abusers. When someone grows up in an abusive environment, they often encounter more abusers as they grow up. For example, a child who is physically and emotionally abused is more likely to attract abuse romantic partners later in life.
The effects of childhood trauma and abuse are numerous and profound. Relationship difficulties are common. Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and many other problems.
At FRTC, we are experienced in treating persons that have experienced childhood abuse. Contact us to see if we can help with childhood abuse and trauma therapy.
Learn About Domestic Violence
Domestic violence, sometimes called intimate partner violence, is a very common form of trauma estimated to affect 1/3 of all women at some point in their life. Common forms of domestic violence include:
Physical violence: hitting or otherwise hurting or threatening to hurt.
Sexual assault and rape: unwanted sexual acts.
Verbal abuse: the use of degrading language, name calling, and humiliation.
Limiting contact with others: forbidding someone from speaking to friends or family, or not allowing them to leave the house alone.
Economic control: forcing someone to be economically dependent by restricting their access to money.
Domestic violence often follows a common pattern of tension building, abuse, followed by reconciliation. This pattern can be very difficult to escape from, or even identify, by victims of domestic violence.
Treating domestic violence victims psychoeducation about the cycle of abuse. It also usually requires underlying beliefs about the self and about relationships that tends to lead one into unhealthy relationships.
At FRTC, we are experienced treating both those who have experienced domestic violence, and those that have committed it. Contact us to see if we can help.