Trauma refers to an emotional response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms a person’s ability to cope. Traumatic events can include experiences such as physical or sexual assault, natural disasters, accidents, combat, or witnessing violence or death. Trauma can have a significant impact on a person’s mental health, and it can lead to symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, depression, irritability, and avoidance of situations or people that remind them of the traumatic event. These symptoms can persist long after the event has ended and can interfere with a person’s ability to function in daily life.
Trauma can also result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is a mental health condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. PTSD is characterized by symptoms such as intrusive thoughts or memories, avoidance of reminders of the traumatic event, negative changes in mood or thoughts, and increased arousal or reactivity.
Treatment for trauma can involve various forms of therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and other trauma-focused therapies, as well as medication for symptoms such as anxiety or depression.
Regardless of what happened to you, healing and liberation is possible. At Serengeti we will work alongside you at a pace that feels safe and comfortable to you. Together, we will explore the impacts your trauma is having so that we can create a plan to empower, heal, and experience personal freedom from the traumatic event/s.