Following a traumatic event, getting help to deal with the emotional difficulties that you may experience is one of the most important things that you can do. At Mental Health Counselor PLLC, Michael Arnold, LMHC, consults with patients dealing with trauma in his New York City office in Central Park South in Manhattan. Call or book online today to schedule your first appointment.
Unfortunately, more than half of people will experience some form of a traumatic event in their lifetime. These events can take many forms and are often so shocking and disturbing that they can have a long-lasting emotional impact. However, with professional help, it is possible to move past the emotional pain and difficulties that trauma can cause.
Common causes of trauma can include domestic violence, rape, the death of a loved one, witnessing a violent incident, car accidents, natural disasters, severe illness, and war. Each experience is different, although each has the capacity to cause lasting emotional harm. Michael has training and experience to help his patients work through their trauma in a constructive manner so that they can move past the event and reduce or eliminate harmful symptoms.
Trauma can present differently for everyone, and it’s important to remember that an individual can have many different symptoms, both emotional as well as physical. Initially following a traumatic event, many individuals experience some form of shock and denial. They may also appear shaken and withdrawn. Over time, deeper emotional and physical symptoms can manifest.
An individual who has experienced trauma may experience flashbacks, irritability, anger, sadness, unpredictable emotions, guilt, changes in appetite, and much more. In addition to the emotional symptoms, trauma can create physical issues as well, including headache, nausea, and chest pain.
There is no “one-size-fits-all” treatment for trauma. Everyone’s road to recovery may be different, and each person may have different needs. Easing stress through healthy lifestyle habits like yoga, exercise, and meditation can help. In addition, maintaining your relationships and spending time with loved ones can also help.
Psychotherapy can also be helpful when it comes to working through emotions related to the traumatic event in a healthy way. Michael has helped countless individuals process their trauma so that they can develop healthy attitudes and coping mechanisms, ultimately guiding them along their journey to be able to move past their trauma and lead healthy lives.
To learn more about emotional trauma and what you can do to overcome it, call or go online today to schedule your first appointment.