Trauma is your body and mind’s natural response to horrific events. Millions of people across the world experience trauma in their lifetime, and it is never something to be ashamed of. When you have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, especially if the trauma is repeated or ongoing, your emotional and physical responses are normal reactions to abnormal events.
Seeking treatment is an essential first step in navigating and managing your trauma so that you may live a happier, healthier life. If you’re looking for professional help in overcoming your trauma in Frederick County, MD, Aion Counseling, LLC. is here for you.
The American Psychological Association (APA) defines trauma as “an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape, or natural disaster.” However, these aren’t the only circumstances that can be traumatic and cause mental or emotional harm. Any abnormal experience that puts your physical or emotional well-being in serious danger can cause lasting and traumatic effects.
Acute Trauma: The result of a single stressful and/or dangerous event.
Chronic Trauma: The result of repeated or prolonged exposure to a stressful or dangerous event.
Complex Trauma: Very similar to chronic trauma, but caused by the actions or inactions of a primary caregiver, like a parent, whom a child should be able to trust.
No matter what type of trauma you have experienced or are currently experiencing, trauma psychotherapist Rick Steele, LCSW-C, CCTP of Aion Counseling, LLC. can help you through it.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric condition that is frequently diagnosed in those who have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event. These events include, but are not limited to:
Traumatic events often result in varying levels of psychological and emotional damage that can have lasting effects on those who have gone through them. Trauma victims experiencing PTSD will feel stressed and/or anxious and isolated long after the initial traumatic event(s) has occurred. This frequently leads to difficulty in navigating everyday life and feeling safe, which is why many trauma survivors seek guidance from professional psychotherapists.
Working one-on-one with a trauma specialist will not only allow you to navigate and heal from traumatic events, but also sets up the conditions for profound growth, self-understanding and a sense of peace.
Your personal trauma and life history are unique to you. It is not for another to judge how they would respond to a similar event. Remember, trauma is a natural response, and each person experiences and reacts to trauma in their own way. Something that may seem small or insignificant to one person can have a significant psychological impact on another.
This list is not exhaustive. Any event can trigger trauma, and the effects you experience may differ depending upon the timing, frequency, and duration of the event.
Trauma can be a very complex wound to heal from. There are things you can do on your own to help the recovery process, like eating well, getting regular exercise, getting enough sleep at night, maintaining healthy relationships, and disciplines like Yoga and meditation.
But what if even these activities seem challenging to you? You’re certainly not alone, and the help you need is right here in Frederick, MD. Rick Steele of Aion Counseling is a licensed trauma psychotherapist committed to helping trauma survivors navigate their world and achieve success in all aspects of their lives. Get the one-on-one guidance you need to overcome challenges and experience a healthier, happier life beyond your trauma.