• Counselling for Trauma

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    Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime whether it is:

    • “Capital T trauma” like a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, or a natural disaster
    • “Little t trauma” such as ongoing difficult circumstances that add up overtime and result in a negatively changed worldview or view about oneself, potentially leading also to symptoms consistent with anxiety or depression

    In either of these circumstances, support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist can be a crucial component in healing from trauma.

    Trauma/PTSD Symptoms

    According to the four types of symptoms listed in the

    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

    The above criteria are usually more connected with “Capital T” trauma, or traumatic events that are more isolated. Some of the symptoms of “little t trauma” can include anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem to name a few. 

    Research has proven psychotherapy to be the most effective form of treatment for trauma. All of Smart Therapy’s therapeutic approaches are trauma-informed