- Did you experience or witness child abuse or domestic violence?
- Have you ever felt traumatized by a person or event in your life?
- Do you suffer from nightmares, flashbacks or other symptoms of emotional distress?
- Are you afraid to get help for your history or trauma or abuse?
Trauma is our subjective response to some sort of disaster or abuse where we are left feeling wounded and helpless. Trauma can come from any number of things such as:
- Natural disasters
- Childhood physical, emotional, and sexual abuse
- War and other military trauma
- Domestic violence
- Loss of a child
- Medical negligence
- Death or near death
- Rape or other sexual traumas
- Cultural and religious
Common psychological disorders that can develop if exposure to traumatic events is not expressed in a rational way, depending upon the length and frequency of the exposure and when the traumatic event(s) occurred, include such disorders as Acute Stress Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) including Complex PTSD, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Personality Disorders, and Somatoform Disorders.
TREATMENT FOR TRAUMA AND ABUSE
Trauma doesn’t have to hold you hostage. Trauma is a subjective response to disaster or abuse and the way that you understand your experience and choose to live with the effects is subjective too. Psychotherapy and spiritual counseling can help you learn how to break free from the grip that these events still have on your well-being.
Many professionals refer to someone with my level of knowledge and experience as a trauma therapist because the majority of my clients have experienced multiple traumas in their lives. I will personalize your treatment for trauma or abuse by offering you choices from a list of the different methods that I use, which will include the potential risks and benefits. Forgiveness therapy can help you heal from abuse and some other traumas by resolving unconscious anger. Spiritual counseling can help you find meaning in your suffering as well as help you develop a deeper relationship with God. Psychotherapy can also help you understand and put into language your unconscious conflicts related to the abuse or trauma, which may reduce your symptoms so that you may develop healthier alternatives to living and relating to others.
ALTHOUGH YOU MAY SEE THE BENEFITS OF TREATMENT FOR TRAUMA AND ABUSE, YOU MAY STILL HAVE SOME QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ABOUT THE PROCESS…
How long can I expect to have to experience the effects of trauma or abuse?
Every person is made special in the image and likeness of God and every person’s life and personal suffering is different. While a group of people can go through the same event, only some may consider that particular event “traumatic”. Research shows, however, that group debriefing can actually increase the risk of PTSD and other effects of trauma. If you are experiencing the effects of trauma or abuse, such as nightmares, flashbacks, depression, anxiety, self-sabotage, or trouble in areas of your life that are important to you such as school, work, or relationships, then this can be expected to continue and even get worse until you get professional help or have a spiritual conversion. Even the greatest saints endorsed the importance of a spiritual director and it will be hard to make a trustful surrender to God unless and until you are able get past your unresolved psychological conflicts related to your trauma or abuse.
I have anger at my mother or father. Does that mean that I was abused?
It is very common for children, even once they are adults, to have anger at their parents. Many parents do try to love their children and some are even willing to acknowledge and apologize for their missteps and failings. However, this does not mean that all parents abuse their children. Some children actually abuse one of their parents because they have been abused by another parent, so they misdirect their anger. This is a product of parental alienation, which is common when domestic violence is present in the relationship between parents. The gender of the parent who is most often responsible for parental alienation is unknown and you should not rely on statistics to determine what has happened in your personal situation. I recommend a minimum one-hour consultation so that I can better understand your situation and your level of commitment to treatment given the circumstances.
I have anger at God for allowing me to suffer so much. I doubt that you can help me.
It is normal to feel anger at God for your suffering when you haven’t been shown love consistently and completely the way that God intends. It is also normal to feel anger at God if you don’t understand why He allows us to suffer. When a person is angry at God, they are really just misdirecting their anger at someone else or their lack of control about a situation. Spiritual counseling with an emphasis on forgiveness will help you understand what anger is, how you can resolve it, and how you can make a trustful surrender to Divine Providence and Justice.
START THE HEALING PROCESS TODAY WITH TREATMENT FOR TRAUMA AND ABUSE
If you have any further questions about treatment for trauma and abuse from Catholic therapist, Gianna Elms, LCSW or would like to schedule an appointment to begin treatment, I offer prorated consultations based on my hourly rate with a minimum charge of $35 before 6:00pm and $40 after 6:00pm for a 15-minute consultation Monday-Saturday. (Hourly and prorated rates are based on Arizona time.) Take the first step to schedule a consultation today.