Trauma & PTSD

Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime. Whether it’s a car accident, abuse or neglect, the death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, or a natural disaster.

While many people can recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends and bounce back with resiliency, others may discover effects of lasting trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or post-traumatic stress far after the event has passed.

In these circumstances, the support, guidance and assistance of a therapist is fundamental to healing from trauma.


Trauma disorders are caused by experiencing traumatic experiences or significant stress.  Not everyone who experiences trauma develops a disorder. The Psychiatry diagnostic manual, the DSM-5 identifies four categories of symptoms.


  • Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
  • Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt


  • Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks


  • Anger, irritability and hyper-vigilance
  • Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm
  • Sleep disturbances

Negative Mood and Cognition

  • Loss of interest in activities that were once considered enjoyable
  • Difficulty remembering details of the distressing event
  • Change in habits or behavior since the trauma


Not everyone who develops a trauma-related disorder requires treatment; for some people, the symptoms resolve over time.  However, many people with PTSD need professional treatment to help them heal.  Research has proven psychotherapy to be the most effective form of treatment for trauma. Most commonly, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are used in treating trauma.

If you or someone you know match the trauma symptoms listed above, hasn’t there been enough suffering?  We can help — schedule a free consultation to start the journey forward. If you’d like to work on resolving trauma through EMDR, Pamela has the experience and training to help.

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