What is Trauma?

Trauma can be defined in either broad or very defined terms.  Here at New Path Counseling, we define trauma as "any painful learning experience."  This definition encompasses anything the individual perceived as painful.  This could be an easily identifiable trauma event such as an accident, physical assault, or abuse; or it could be less identifiable, such at bullying, neglect, or betrayal. In addition, trauma can include multiple events that build on each other developing complex trauma.


Common Symptoms of Trauma:

Emotional & Psychological Symptoms -

  • Shock, denial, or disbelief
  • Confusion, difficulty concentrating
  • Anger, irritability, mood swings
  • Anxiety and fear
  • Guilt, shame, self-blame
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Feeling sad or hopeless
  • Feeling disconnected or numb

Physical Symptoms -

  • Insomnia or nightmares
  • Fatigue
  • Being startled easily
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Edginess and agitation
  • Aches and pains
  • Muscle tension


How can Counseling/Therapy help?

Healing from trauma can take a long time and requires you to resolve unpleasant feelings and memories you have worked hard to avoid.  Because working through past trauma can be scary, painful and potentially re-traumatizing, it is important to work with a trained mental health professional who has experience treating trauma.  


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