If you experienced trauma as a child or an adult, you likely struggle with mood swings and managing your relationships. Your mood may quickly change from anxious to angry, and then to withdrawn or depressed. You might avoid close relationships, or struggle in the ones you have. Trauma impacts people in a wide variety of ways, some of which are likely outside of their awareness.
Trauma comes in so many forms, and is often said to be "in the eye of the beholder," meaning that something you experience as traumatic is in fact a traumatic experience for you. Some traumas go on for years, such as chronic childhood physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Others consist of single or multiple incidents which occurred as an adult that you just cannot stop thinking about, such as a sexual assault, bad car accident, robbery, witnessing a death/serious injury of another, and countless other experiences.
No matter what type of trauma you have experienced, or when it occurred, if it is impacting your mood or behavior, it is worth getting help for it. Nothing that you experienced as traumatic is "too small" to go to therapy for if it is having a negative impact on your life.
Trauma and COVID-19
Going through the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic can be a traumatic experience. Many people are experiencing severe losses, are stuck in homes with abusive people, and are being confronted with fears about how they are going to afford their basic necessities. The uncertainty of what the future holds contributes to a sense of helplessness. Obtaining online therapy during the time of the pandemic can help you gain some perspective of what you have control over, and find ways to cope with what you can't control. It also provides a place to process how you are feeling about all of the rapid changes that are taking place day to day. Schedule an appointment online or contact me now to see how I can help.
How Therapy Can Help:
If you've had one or more traumatic experiences, you would benefit from getting help in understanding what has happened to you, and finding ways to cope. I have extensive training and experience in trauma using several methods of PTSD therapy. Treatment can also help restore a sense of control over your life, and can consist of prolonged exposure therapy and EMDR for PTSD. For more information on treatment with EMDR, please visit the Resources page.