Trauma

Emotional and Psychological Trauma

If you’ve experienced an extremely stressful or disturbing event that’s left you feeling helpless and emotionally out of control, you may have been traumatized. Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away. It can also leave you feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. When bad things happen, it can take a while to get over the pain and feel safe again.

ABS is here to give you support, so that you can speed your recovery. Whether the trauma happened years ago or yesterday, you can make healing changes and move on with your life.

Goals of Trauma Therapy

Emotional and psychological trauma results from an extremely stressful event such as a physical assault, emotional or verbal abuse, a life-threatening medical condition, terrorism, or a natural disaster that causes severe disability in daily functioning resulting from that event. Helplessness, anger, fear, nightmares, confusion, memory loss, and compulsive behaviors are some of the symptoms associated with trauma. There are multiple therapeutic approaches that can be used to help alleviate the signs and symptoms associated with trauma in order for the individual to experience a healthy and successful way of living.

Regardless of the specific treatment approach the goals of therapy are the following:

  • Prevent mental health complications from trauma such as posttraumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder and other trauma related co-morbid conditions
  • Improve adaptive functioning and restore normal development
  • Prevent relapse
  • Assimilate the danger and triggers associated with the traumatic event into a constructive scheme of safety, prevention and protection
  • Reduce behaviors that restrict daily life and impair functioning