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Experiencing a traumatic life event can have lasting consequences, and not addressing them with timely therapy can cause these effects to be much more severe and long-term than they need to be. Psychological trauma, if left untreated, can easily lead to additional problems such as chronic stress, insomnia anger, depression, anxiety, fatigue, addiction, low self-esteem and relationships issues, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is in the category of anxiety disorders, and its onset occurs after a traumatic event — for example, sexual assault, military combat, or witnessing physical violence or a natural disaster. Any survivor of trauma can develop PTSD, and it’s imperative for the person to get treatment. PTSD is an after effect of trauma. It develops when a traumatized nervous system develops patterns that reflect how individuals survived and adapted to a dangerous world. To respond to threat, the nervous system goes into high arousal states, making us tense, reactive, impulsive and on guard. Or it develops a habit of low arousal states, making us numb, passive, disconnected, and without energy. While effective therapy won't make your problems go away overnight, consulting a counselor can be the first step towards dealing with whatever issues you may be facing. To help my clients heal from their invisible wounds, I use research-supported and trauma-informed therapy approaches that best address their unique concerns. These include psychodynamic approaches, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR and Gottman Couples Therapy.

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