• Trauma, Grief, and Bereavement

    Counseling for Trauma

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

    Although some may naturally recover from trauma, others may discover effects of lasting trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic 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 Symptoms

    Some common indicators of unresolved trauma include:

    Avoidance Symptoms

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

    Re-experiencing Symptoms

    • Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks

    Hyperarousal Symptoms

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

    Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms

    • 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

    If you or someone you know matches the trauma symptoms listed above, I am confident that I can help and invite you to contact me today for a free consultation.

    I use an approach grounded solidly in research to help you reshape the way trauma has caused you to view yourself, others, and the world. Let’s work together, and take back your sense of self, trust, safety, and power.

    Grief & Bereavement Counseling

    Bereavement and grief aren’t light-hearted topics. Bereavement refers to the process of recovering from the death of a loved one, and grief is a reaction for any form of loss. Both encompass a wide range of emotions such as fear, anger and deep, deep sadness.

    The process of adapting to a loss can dramatically change from person to person, depending on their background, beliefs, relationships, and other factors.

    Common symptoms of grief can be physical, emotional or social.

    A few common symptoms in these categories are:

    Physical

    • Crying and sighing
    • Headaches
    • Loss of appetite
    • Difficulty sleeping
    • Weakness
    • Fatigue

    Emotional

    • Feelings of sadness and yearning
    • Feelings of worry or anger
    • Feelings of frustration or guilt

    Social

    • Feeling detached from others
    • Self-isolation from social contact
    • Behaving in ways that are not normal for you

    Every grieving experience is different. A person may be able to continue their day-to-day routine after one loss, yet not be able to get out of bed after the loss of someone else. Whatever your personal symptoms are, grief and bereavement counseling have been proven to help.

    If you are experiencing grief-related thoughts, behaviors, or feelings that are distressing, please contact me today for a free consultation