Incidents such as car accidents, domestic violence, abuse, natural disasters, and terrorism can set the stage for trauma.
When people are traumatized, their usual coping techniques often become overwhelmed. These events are too big to fit in the brain easily. While attempting to make sense of what happened, people can find that the memories intrude on their daily lives, interfering with concentration and causing nightmares. All these memories leave people feeling constantly anxious so they try to avoid thinking about what happened. Some people even turn to alcohol or drugs in an attempt to cope, which makes things worse.
The goal of therapy is to help my clients take back control of their lives; to speak the unspeakable so that they no longer have to hide from it, and to find a way for this event to become one of many memories rather than all of who they are.
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