Difficult experiences can have a lasting impact on a person’s life. Memories that cause extreme emotional distress or are difficult to process are known as traumatic events. These events can lead to many health problems later in life, such as addiction or mental health disorders. Trauma therapy is the only way to address these memories and help an individual healthily reprocess them.
What Is Trauma?
Trauma is any stressful or disturbing experience that a person might go through. However, there are no guidelines for what can be traumatic. What may be a traumatic experience for one person may not be for another. Common examples of trauma include:
- Death of a loved one
- Natural disasters
- Growing up in a negligent or abusive home
- Domestic abuse
Of course, these experiences can plague a person’s mind and haunt them for the rest of their lives without proper trauma therapy.
Recognizing Trauma in the Family
Signs of trauma can be difficult to spot, especially because symptoms don’t always appear immediately. A person may begin experiencing symptoms of PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, months after the event. These symptoms include:
- Anxiety or feeling easily overwhelmed
- Emotional dysregulation
- Substance abuse
- Nightmares or flashbacks of the event
- Difficulty trusting others or paranoia
These effects of trauma can make it extremely difficult for a family to function healthily.
Trauma and Addiction
A person who experiences with the aftereffects of trauma may also struggle with a substance use disorder. Often, effects such as anxiety and emotional dysregulation can be difficult. Furthermore, without a comprehensive trauma therapy program, this individual may turn to substance abuse. If they don’t learn healthier methods of coping with their trauma, then they will eventually grow dependent on the substance and develop an addiction.
Benefits of a Trauma Therapy Program
A trauma therapy program will teach individuals how to cope with the effects of traumatic events. Typically, the adverse effects of trauma arise because a person’s brain didn’t properly comprehend the events. A trauma therapy program helps the person remember the events in a safe environment and also facilitates their understanding and acceptance of the memories.
Trauma therapy can also facilitate conversations between loved ones about past events. Counselors act as a liaison between individuals as they discuss challenging memories and come to an understanding together.
Begin Healing with Petersen Family Counseling
Some necessary, but difficult, events may be challenging for members of a family to deal with. Death of a loved one or divorce can be traumatic for family members, especially younger individuals. If your family is going through one of these difficult situations, Petersen Family Counseling can help the family remain stable and healthy through family counseling services. Some of these services include:
- Individual counseling
- Family, couple, marital counseling
- Adolescent counseling
- Addiction treatment consulting
If your family needs help managing the effects of past trauma or remaining stable during a potentially challenging experience, then call the professionals at Petersen Family Counseling today. Our trauma therapy program and other services can help you and your family find solutions to the problems you face. Call us today at 720.541.6289 to learn more.