Trauma is typically described as a distressing event that affects you emotionally, psychologically and/or physically. Everyone will likely deal with some sort of trauma in their lifetime. Some people, however, may not be able to recover from it and the trauma will continue to impact their lives long after the event has taken place.
When a past trauma continues to negatively affect your health and well-being, you must speak to counsellors professionally trained in identifying and treating trauma in Edmonton. The caring, compassionate team at Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. is here to help you for as long as you need it.
The counsellors at Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. strive to help you deal with and understand the cause and start to heal your mind and body. We'll teach you healthy and effective coping methods, and how to manage and even completely overcome your symptoms. Our office maintains a safe, confidential environment for everyone and encourages open and honest communication. Your counsellor will be unbiased and will gently guide the discussion without ever being disrespectful to you or your situation.
Have you lost your significant other? Been involved in a major car accident? Have you ever served in the armed forces? If yes, then these can be some of the many sources of trauma for adults. Other traumatic events and situations include unresolved childhood trauma, losing a child of your own, sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence, criminal acts, natural disasters, and the loss of relationships, both platonic and romantic. A situation could also be traumatic if it was deeply disappointing or humiliating for you. And remember, the same situation may not be as traumatic for someone else, as it was for you. Please don't be embarrassed or hesitant to seek help if you're struggling.
People seek counselling at different points following a trauma. Some might speak to a counsellor right after the fact, while others wait and only look for help after experiencing more and more distressing symptoms.
The symptoms of trauma may start within one month of a traumatic event, however, sometimes symptoms may not appear until years after the event. These symptoms cause significant problems in social or work situations and relationships, and it is important to identify them. Here is a list of common symptoms of trauma:
There are many other symptoms and they can also affect people who have witnessed a traumatic event or have a close friend or family member who experienced it. The situation may not have happened to you, but you can still suffer both physically and mentally, so please talk to a counsellor. We encourage any victim or witness of a trauma to rest, avoid alcohol and drugs, eat well and try and reduce their stressors.
Many people believe trauma and PTSD to be the same, but both are quite different. Trauma is an unexpected event or series of events that can have devastating effects physically or psychologically. People respond to trauma in different ways. For some, the issues settle, however, for a smaller percentage, the effects can be so severe that it interferes with an individual’s ability to live a normal life. PTSD is a result of trauma. Those who experience trauma more than once can sometimes experience behavioural, social and emotional issues afterwards, and that can be called PTSD.
In most cases, traumatic events stay in our awareness for some time, but with the help of family and friends, some people manage to process the event and can return to normal daily functioning. But many suffer from post-traumatic symptoms for a short period of time even after they are leading a normal life. Some of them may also develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to exposure to a traumatic incident.
The therapy approach at Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. will depend on your situation and the type of trauma suffered. Even if you think you've healed from whatever happened, trauma symptoms may resurface on the anniversary of the event or if something reminds you of it. This makes counselling even more important, as we can give you tools to cope for the future and be there for you if something comes up and you need to talk. We can also speak to your loved ones to ensure they understand how to best help you as well.
Trauma is difficult to overcome at any age, but there is help available. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 780-433-2269.