Trauma can be explained as the aftermath of a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. These events can be physical, mental, or both, and leave serious long-term effects on the individual. Many types of experiences can lead to trauma, including sexual abuse or assault, physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, serious illness, or an accident. Trauma can affect anyone and is never a sign of weakness. If you think that you or a loved one may be struggling or haunted by unresolved trauma, Ballen Medical and Wellness offers a holistic approach to mental health that can help individuals process emotions and experiences that may or may not have been buried for a long time. Together, we will not only address the symptoms of trauma but the root causes so that you can find acceptance and healing. We can also help treat symptoms that may be caused by your trauma including depression, sleep disorders, anxiety, and addiction, so you can lead a happy, healthy, and fulfilled life.
Symptoms of Trauma
As identified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, it is estimated that 60% of men and 50% of women will experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. About 20% of these cases go on to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), leaving an estimated 8% or 24.4 million Americans with PTSD at any given time. Trauma and PTSD can lead to changes in brain function and structure that can have lasting effects on the relationship you have with yourself and others. If trauma is not dealt with, it is also common for other related problems to develop, including:
- Changes in appetite
- Chronic pain
- Sleep problems
- Substance misuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Often, we can bury and store aside traumatic events for many years. People can only tolerate what they can tolerate at that given time. A person’s response to trauma can vary. As reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, most individuals report feeling better within 3 months after the traumatic event. If symptoms persist or worsen over time, there is a chance that you may be experiencing PTSD. Trauma therapy is about bringing these events and experiences back to the surface; so that patients can process them healthily and productively before related problems worsen and become more difficult to treat. We work on addressing the root cause of the trauma, but also provide treatment for negative symptoms that might be getting in the way of everyday life.
Treatment for Trauma
Trauma therapy is about safely reprocessing stressful events that are stored in the mind and body. Trauma can have physical and mental effects on an individual, which can lead to a variety of debilitating symptoms including chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders. At Ballen Medical and Wellness, our Psychiatry and Counseling Team is equipped to help you retell your experience in a welcoming and judgment-free environment.
Our trauma Therapist, Deede Amhowitz MA, MFT helps her clients overcome their struggles and symptoms. In these sessions, our therapists recount their client’s history while focusing on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). CBT and DBT teach clients healthy coping skills that will help treat trauma but can also be beneficial for handling everyday life stressors. Deede Amhowitz is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a well-researched and established therapy, often used to treat trauma and anxiety by combining back and forth eye movements with imagery, mindfulness, and cognitive techniques.
Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime. Healing from these events will inevitably look different for everyone, but it is possible. Length of treatment also looks different for everyone, as some individuals may be there to treat a specific trauma, while others might discover they have multiple traumas.
Get Help Today!
Trauma can follow you through life and lead to many negative physical and mental symptoms. Support, guidance, and the assistance of a trauma therapist can help you heal and move on positively. If you are struggling with the physical and/or mental symptoms of trauma, please fill out the form below or call (720) 738-8531. We’d be happy to discuss the best options for you and your loved ones.