Trauma is linked to a variety of mental health issues and can have a lasting negative impact on your overall health and wellness. Anthony Freire, MA, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, Kelley Hershman, LMHC, Kate Engstrom, LCSW, and the rest of the team at the Soho Center For Mental Health Counseling in Greenwich Village of New York City provide expert diagnosis and psychotherapy to help you learn to manage your traumatic memories, recover, and lead a healthy, fulfilling life. If you’re living with the after-effects of trauma, call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.
Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. However, trauma is relative by nature. For example, while catastrophic events such as natural disaster, combat, or a terrorist incident are traumatic, so is getting a divorce or losing a loved one. Even within this huge spectrum of traumatic experiences, everyone responds uniquely.
If you have lived through or witnessed something that was horrifying, put your life at risk, or made you feel negatively about yourself, you should acknowledge your feelings and ask for help without shame.
When you experience a traumatic event, you may have an immediate or delayed response with mental, emotional, and physical symptoms. Your symptoms may subside as time passes or you may have lasting psychological issues stemming from your trauma.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is one type of mental health condition that directly follows trauma. However, you may also develop other forms of anxiety, depression, eating disorders, or other mental health conditions.
If you’ve experienced trauma and it’s affecting your mental health, there’s no shame in asking for help, no matter what the traumatic event was. The team at the Soho Center For Mental Health Counseling & Clinical Supervision begins your treatment with an extensive assessment to learn more about you, your symptoms, and the event that triggered your feelings and condition.
Then, you have a series of weekly appointments in which you and your therapist explore your memories, thoughts, and emotions and discuss how they’re affecting your behaviors. You learn strategies to acknowledge your thoughts and emotions and control your responses.
Your therapist may also suggest eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy or other specialized forms of psychotherapy.
EMDR is a specific form of psychotherapy that is proving to be especially helpful for trauma. EMDR combines eye movements with talk therapy. Your eye movements stimulate parts of your brain that allow you to unlock memories and talk about them productively in your sessions.
There are eight phases of EMDR, and you and your therapist work through them at your own pace.
Call the Soho Center For Mental Health Counseling & Clinical Supervision or make an appointment online today for expert psychological care for trauma.