Trauma Counseling

Trauma Counseling in Phoenix & Scottsdale, Arizona

Trauma Counseling

Trauma counseling is for those who may have suffered from any number of traumatic events. Traumas can be experienced after a single event or after repeated, long term incidents which could be triggered by natural events or through deliberate actions by another.

Examples of one time incidents might be surviving a natural disaster, a man made disaster or incident, or a violent episode such as an attack, rape or robbery. It could also be sometime triggered by the death of a coworker, friend or family member. A long term trauma might be the result of sexual molestation, serial abuse, war combat, kidnapping or torture.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be a debilitating condition in those who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event or series of life threatening events.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can affect a person at any age and is often present with depression, substance abuse, and other anxiety disorders. People suffering from PTSD have persistent frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal. Many feel numb emotionally, and withdraw from those who they once might have been close. Sleep problems, feelings of detachment, numbness are some symptoms. Those affected might always be on edge or easily startled.

One of the unique aspects of this condition is that a large percentage of people exposed to mass violence develop PTSD at a higher rate than others who experienced natural disasters and other traumatic events.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder does not age discriminate and so can affect children, active military and veterans of war conflicts. These symptoms of this condition are predictable and manifest in several ways.

Re-experiencing flashbacks where the trauma is relived is one. This can including physical symptoms such as a racing heart or sweating but also includes nightmares and frightening thoughts.

These all can cause problems in a person’s everyday life and can begin from thoughts and feelings or be triggered by words, objects, or situations that serve as reminders of the event.

Another is avoidance symptoms when a person stays away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience. During avoidance the person may feel emotionally numb, or feel guilty, depressed, or worried. They may also lose interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past and have trouble remembering the dangerous event. Reminds may cause a person to change his or her personal routine. After a traffic accident, for instance, a person who has driven in the past may avoid driving (or riding in) a car.

Finally hyper-arousal symptoms may be present. If so a person might be easily startled, feel tense, have difficulty sleeping, and may exhibit angry outbursts. Hyperarousal symptoms are usually constant (instead of being triggered by something) and make the person feel stressed and angry. Sleeping, eating, or concentrating may become difficult as a result.

A variation of this condition is called Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) when it is of shorter duration. Some people with ASD don’t show any symptoms for weeks or months but if you suspect you, or someone you love, might be suffering from such a condition, don’t hesitate to seek help.

Trauma conditions are often discovered by D.J. during Veteran’s counseling because of what was witnessed on the field of battle.

D.J. Diebold is a Vietnam Era Veteran, thus trauma counseling is one of the specialties of the Scottsdale counseling center. Don’t hesitate to call.

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