|Many people seek help to cope with the painful consequences of trauma. A traumatic event may include witnessing or experiencing a threatening event which induces terror or a feeling of helplessness. Trauma refers to experiences or situations that are emotionally painful and distressing and overwhelm your ability to cope.
"Traumatic events are extraordinary, not because they occur rarely, but rather because they overwhelm the ordinary human adaptations to life."
- Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery
Trauma can also result from many smaller threatening experiences. Untreated, trauma can lead to post-traumatic stress. Other reactions to trauma may include relational and behavioral problems, depression, anxiety, and dissociation. Exposure to trauma often has a significant impact on a person’s day to day life.
Counselling can help reduce the severity of trauma symptoms. There are many specific approaches to helping those with trauma, but all of them include helping the person to feel safe in counselling, developing relaxation and anxiety-reducing strategies, integrating the traumatic experience into a story of the person’s life, developing a new identity, and increasing a person’s sense of safety and control. Some traumatic experiences leave a deep imprint and may require longer term therapy. The first step is to reach out for support.
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