Trauma is a disturbing event that significantly impacts an individual’s sense of control and may reduce their capacity to integrate these events into their current reality. When most people think about trauma, they tend to think about those who have been exposed to wars, natural disasters, physical abuse, sexual abuse, terrorism, and/or catastrophic accidents. However, a person does not necessarily have to undergo an overtly distressing event for it to affect them. In fact, an accumulation of smaller or less pronounced events can still be very traumatic, also known as small "t" trauma. Small "t" traumas tend to be overlooked by the individual who has experienced the difficulty, often times leading to more compounded trauma. Small "t" trauma includes things such as, legal trouble, financial difficulties, relationship struggles, and abrupt changes. Impacts of traumatic events are largely dependent on predisposing factors, such as the individual’s past experiences, beliefs, perceptions, expectations, level of distress tolerance, values, and morals.
In treating trauma or PTSD, therapists will use a variety of techniques including: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). To obtain more information about trauma treatment, please contact me at (949) 464-8055 or email@example.com.