adolescent trauma counseling

trauma counseling

Trauma Counseling

trauma counseling Approximately 4 million children are exposed to trauma every year. Due to such traumatic experiences, these children are susceptible to psychological disorders and serious emotional turmoil, and may be in need of mental health treatment. If left untreated, adolescent and childhood trauma can create feelings of loss of safety, can be overwhelming, and can impair functioning, sometimes to the point of psychological disorder.

For most people, the word "trauma" brings to mind at least two types of injuries. In one sense, there is medical trauma, which is generally defined to be a sudden physical hurt to an organism that requires immediate treatment. The other type of trauma this society understands is psychological trauma. We are just as familiar with the idea of being "traumatized" by car accidents, by bullies, or by hurtful relationships. Those are forms of trauma, certainly, especially if our personal safety is compromised in any way. Another type of trauma falls into the second category of psychological trauma and unfortunately is only too common. This includes physical, sexual, emotional, and verbal abuse of minors. So often we hear of infants, children, and adolescents hurt by their caregivers, parents, or guardians. The long-range effects of the trauma to the minor are complex and sometimes difficult to diagnose and treat.

Trauma is increasingly being recognized as a prevalent issue among many children. The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder estimates that 15% to 43% of girls and 14% to 43% of boys have experienced at least one traumatic event. Of these, it is estimated that between 3% and 15% of females and 1% to 6% of males meet the full criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Symptoms of Adolescent Trauma A child can react in a number of different ways as a result of trauma. The following are some examples:
  • Anxiety, terror

  • Withdrawn from others

  • Constantly alert

  • Re-enactment of situation with various objects

  • Irritability

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Lack of energy

  • Inability to concentrate

  • Amnesia

  • Poor self-image

  • Bedwetting

  • Guilty feelings

  • Shows signs of obsessive or compulsive behaviors

  • Panic attacks

  • Recurrent nightmares, flashbacks

  • Shyness

  • Avoidance of situations similar to the traumatic event

  • Pain

  • Inability to give or receive proper love and affection

Effects of Adolescent Trauma The effects of childhood trauma vary greatly, depending on the type and severity of the traumatic experience. Examples of these effects include:
  • Severe anxiety

  • Self-injury

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Phobias

  • Depression

  • Drug Abuse

  • Insomnia

  • Promiscuity

  • Difficulty learning, struggling in school

  • Brain alterations

  • Suicide

  • Eating disorders

  • Extreme anger and hostility

When to seek Adolescent Trauma Counseling If you believe, or those around you believe, that your symptoms may be impairing your life in troubling ways, then it may be time to seek help. There are treatments available to assist you in managing your symptoms and improving your quality of life, contact us for a free consultation.

First Step

Through trauma counseling you can reduce troubling symptoms and create positive change in your life. You’ll begin to identify what isn’t working and the effects these patterns are having on your relationships, mood, and productivity. It is possible to uncover a healthier, happier you. You can get your needs met, find and keep love, grow professionally, and build a satisfying life. Don’t waste another day! Get started today with a free trauma counseling consultation.

Effective Trauma Counseling Factors

Define your goals. Think about what you would like to get out of counseling. It might be helpful to write a list of events, relationship issues, or feelings that you think are contributing to your distress.

Be an active participant. This is your counseling experience, so be as active as you can in deciding how to use the time. Be honest with the counselor and give her or him feedback about how you see the sessions progressing.

Be patient with yourself. Growth takes time, effort, and patience. All of your coping skills, behavior patterns, and self-perceptions have been learned and reinforced over a long period of time, so change can be difficult and slow at times.

Follow your counselor's recommendations. Take the time between sessions to complete any activities suggested by your counselor. Counseling is intended to improve your life in the "real world," so making efforts to try out and practice new behaviors, approaches, or ways of thinking could be a crucial element to the success of your counseling experience.