loss and trauma

Grief results from any type of LOSS and requires a period of grieving for one to then feel better once again.  The loss could be from divorce, the empty-nest syndrome, loss of a job, or any major change in one’s life situation.  Illness and the loss of one’s functioning abilities through illness are further examples of loss.  The work with loss is to recognize it, experience the wide range of feelings about it, come to acceptance, and begin to reengage in life in a different but meaningful way.  And the goal of therapy is that one will find HOPE and be able live a fulfilling life, in spite of the loss and change that has occurred.

When a TRAUMATIC incident impacts you, your reaction can be short or long- lived.  Witnessing or being the victim of accidents, assaults, or war can impact a part of your brain, so that the fear and anxiety surrounding the initial incident continues to affect you after the incident is over.  Some people have the innate ability to recover from traumatic episodes.  Some do not.  The latter may experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), in which memory of the incident can trigger the individual to re-experience the fear and anxiety of the initial incident, as if it were occurring in the present time.  RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE.  Psychotherapy helps people learn ways of coping with the effects of trauma.  The goal here is to find a new way of processing the trauma, so that traumatic images no longer have the power to re-traumatize the individual.