dreamstime_2475434We routinely deal with distressing situations that may cause us to react in an emotional way. Most of these are minor, temporary incidents from which we can recover quite quickly, but occasionally they leave a more lasting mark on our lives. Mental health counseling professionals refer to these events as “traumatic” and can vary in severity from person-to-person. Contact us today if you need help learning how to handle traumatic situations in your life.

What Is Trauma?

Trauma is a distressing event that causes us to feel threatened emotionally, psychologically, or physically.

Examples of trauma-inducing events include:

  • Car accidents
  • Being robbed or mugged
  • Sudden death of a loved one
  • Military combat
  • Natural disasters
  • Mass shootings
  • Neglect
  • Sexual Assault

If you have experienced any of these or other trauma-inducing events, you may benefit from trauma therapy. New Hope Counseling Service in Palatine provides mental health counseling services to victims of trauma. We can help them deal with their fear and grief in a way that prevents it from further interrupting their daily lives.

While it’s natural to have a strong emotional or behavioral reactions to trauma, you don’t have to allow this trauma to dictate the course of your future.

Potentially-disruptive reactions to trauma include:

  • Acute physical stress responses
  • Somatization
  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of appetite
  • Aggression
  • Isolation
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Dissociation
  • Time Distortion

If you’ve already noticed that past trauma is preventing you from working or carrying on relationships, trauma therapy is not only beneficial, it’s necessary. You don’t have to live in fear, pain, or suffer the loss of relationships because of your trauma.

Contact us to discuss our mental health therapy and grief counseling services so that you can control your trauma — not the other way around. At New Hope Counseling Service, we are here to help you get your life back.