Traumatic life events at a young age are much more common than most would think. Abuse, violence and loss impact the children, parents, and family in diverse ways. Nearly every child will experience acute distress immediately after a traumatic event, but can return to normal functioning with time and support. Chronic exposure to trauma will greatly increase the likelihood of subsequent disorders later in life, and will be especially vulnerable to future trauma.
The most common symptoms of childhood trauma affecting adulthood involve avoidance and re-experience. Disassociation (greatly decreased mental involvement during difficult moments) or amnesia are common cognitive symptoms. Flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, or recurring nightmares may begin to manifest later in life. Some may suffer emotionally through anger, shame, loneliness, anxiety and depression. Others may turn to substance abuse or avoiding situations that may remind them of past events.
Revisiting past traumatic events may cause adult survivors to be hesitant to seek help form a mental health professional. EMDR treatment, with a trained psychotherapist such as myself, helps to reprocess memories and alleviate present symptoms that interfere with day to day life.
Trauma specific treatment will address past traumas by helping you learn how to manage disassociation symptoms, understand what adaptive responses a child utilizes in impossible situations, and utilize behavioral therapies to manage powerful emotions in a healthy manner. With my counseling services that I offer in Littleton, I can help you feel more at peace and calm by helping you reprocess and heal from previous disturbing events.