The definition of trauma is wide-ranging. It includes responses to powerful one-time incidents like accidents, natural disasters, crime, and other violent events. It also includes responses to chronic or repetitive experiences such as child abuse (physical, sexual, verbal and/or emotional), neglect, combat, urban violence, concentration camps, loss, domestic violence, racism, oppression, and bullying (both children and adults).
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD (C-PTSD)/Developmental Trauma are much more common in our society than most people realize. The effects of trauma can be all-encompassing and often include symptoms of depression, anxiety/panic, agoraphobia, anger, substance use/misuse and relationship issues. If not treated, the effects of trauma can interfere with one’s quality of life over one’s lifetime. Fortunately, in the last decade or so, there has been an explosion of research into the field of trauma and its treatment. These treatments can facilitate a reduction in symptoms and ultimately result in healing. We offer many different treatments for clients struggling with PTSD and C-PTSD including Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).