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Trauma  

 

Trauma is not a one-size-fits-all.  What is traumatizing to one is not for another because prior experiences, learned coping strategies and stress tolerances vary. This can make it hard to understand and know what to look for in support.  


What is it? 


Trauma is exposure to one or multiple events experienced or witnessed that is disturbing, unbearable, or intolerable. It goes beyond one’s ability to cope and manage during the situation and afterwards. It can be one single event or a series of events with lasting effects on one’s ability to function mentally, physically, socially, emotionally, and/or spiritually and may alter one's sense of safety or self. 

 

Trauma is not a mental health diagnosis specifically but can contribute to the onset of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or other trauma related symptoms.

 

Symptoms:

 

It looks different for different age groups and for different situations. Symptoms may mimic the fight, flight, freeze or fawn responses. 


•    Hypervigilant
•    Nightmares
•    Flashbacks
•    Insomnia
•    Difficulty concentrating
•    Anxiety
•    Depression
•    Mood swings and emotional dysregulation
•    Confusion
•    Physical pain and headaches
•    Fatigue
•    Numbness
•    Sense of disconnect or not feeling present

•    Dissociation/ Numbing out

•    And others

 

Any of these symptoms that affect your ability to function in daily activities is worth seeking support for. Support is available to assist in processing through trauma and navigating any associated situations and symptoms. 

If you are already working with a mental health therapist, share any concerns and changes in symptoms or ability to function after experiencing a traumatic event. 

We are here to help!

 

There is hope for healing! We are here to Support You! You do not have to figure out the aftermath of a traumatic event alone. We are here to support you and walk with you during your processing and healing journey.

What NewPath Offers:

We have several therapeutic treatment options available here.

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral therapy) 

  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

  • Solution Focused therapy

  • Interpersonal therapy

  • AIR Network (Adaptive Internal Relational Network) therapy

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

  • And more

 

As you wait for your appointment, some things that may help:

  • ​​Yoga: helps people experience ownership of their bodies and to feel safe and in control. That is not to say that everybody should practice yoga—one size never fits all

  • Tai- chi: uses rhythmic movement and breathing to support reconnecting with one’s body to feel the movement. 

  • Weightlifting or strength training: getting stronger can increase feelings or empowerment and capability.

  • Take a self-defense or kick boxing class- these classes combine physical activity with skills to increase empowerment and inner strength to protect yourself.

 

After a traumatic event has occurred, restoring a sense of safety, control and flexibility within one’s body is important. Yoga and Tai-Chi are gentle ways one can explore to do this, but other forms of physical activity can be helpful as well. If you are not comfortable with trying them on your own, consult with a therapist or physician about any concerns you may have. 

Get Help

If you are wanting to find healing after trauma, please call to get scheduled with one of our many trauma-informed therapists. 

For more information please call 763-566-0088 and speak to our Client Services Coordinator or stop by the NewPath Mental Health Services office at 8401 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 340, Golden Valley, MN 55426 to find out about services you are interested in.

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For additional information about PTSD, it's symptoms and treatment options available at NewPath Mental Health Services 

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