Trauma Therapy & PTSD

Many people experience trauma during the course of their lifetime. However, these last couple of years have been extremely challenging. Our country is grappling with the effects of the pandemic, social unrest, racial tension, political division, the politicization of law enforcement and other first responders, and grief.

What is Trauma?

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), trauma is a negative emotional response to a tragic event.

Examples of traumatic events include:

  • Physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, and spiritual abuse
  • Childhood neglect
  • Accidents
  • Witnessing violence
  • A natural or man-made disaster
  • Community violence
  • Social and racial unrest
  • Bullying
  • Loss of a friend or loved one

Understanding Trauma & PTSD Symptoms:

Trauma can change the way your brain processes information. It causes a variety of challenging symptoms that affect your physical, emotional, and psychological wellbeing. This ultimately, makes it challenging to live your day-to-day life. Common responses to trauma and symptoms of PTSD include:

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  • Digestive symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Racing heart
  • Sweating
  • Feeling jumpy or on-edge
  • Genial
  • Anger and irritability
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Shame
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Numbness
  • Guilt
  • Hopelessness
  • Difficulty concentrating

Types of Trauma:

  • Acute trauma is a single event.
  • Chronic is a result of repeated and prolonged exposure to stressful events.
  • Complex is a result of multiple traumatic events.

Vicarious and Secondary Trauma

Vicarious trauma is the emotional “leftovers” that people experience when working with people who have experienced a negative life event. This is very common amongst first responders due to the nature of their work.

Symptoms of vicarious trauma include:

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  • Sadness
  • Trouble talking about your emotions
  • Becoming overly involved emotionally with the person being helped
  • Experiencing “bystander guilt”
  • Shame, or feelings of self-doubt
  • Preoccupied with the person outside of your work environment
  • Becoming increasingly cynical, feeling numb, avoiding, etc.

Secondary Trauma is indirect exposure to trauma through a firsthand account or narrative of a traumatic event.

Many of the symptoms are similar to the ones listed above. But, it can also include changing your routine to cope (sleeping late, staying up late, going out after work, etc.) and engaging in self-destructive coping mechanisms.

Trauma in the First Responder community is exponentially high.

Secondary trauma happens often to first responders. While you may not have been directly involved in the distressing life experience you witnessed. It is created through the investigation or caregiving process. For example, things like taking and reviewing pictures of victims, evidence, and the crime scene(s), rehearsing and testifying in court, and having to revisit the same area where the crime occurred after that fact can cause secondary trauma.

The events described above are experienced not just occasionally, but often on a weekly or monthly basis. Most first responders experience chronic or complex and vicarious or secondary trauma. Their family members also experience trauma, as they are experiencing their first responder’s reality from a different perspective. Most often, their negative experience is driven by the behaviors of the first responder and their coping mechanisms like drinking, sleeping too much, or getting angry easily. This can occur in the adults and children in the life of the first responder.

Foundry Counseling has multiple staff members that are experts in PTSD treatment and working with first responders and their families. We are a vendor to multiple agencies that provide counseling to first responders, their families, and critical incident stress management/debriefings and training.

Begin Trauma Therapy and PTSD Treatment in Marietta, GA

silhouette of a woman with fist in the air at sunset. This represents the joy you can feel after learning to cope with the symptoms of trauma during trauma therapy and PTSD treatment in Marietta, GA.If you are struggling with the symptoms of PTSD, know that help is available. Our therapists are skilled at offering high-quality therapy in the Atlanta area. We help individuals, couples, and families heal and move forward in their lives. To begin counseling in Marietta or online therapy in Georgia, follow these steps:

  1. Contact our Atlanta-area counseling center
  2. Set up a free consultation appointment and speak with a skilled therapist
  3. Begin trauma therapy to move forward with confidence.

Other Services Offered at Foundry Counseling

Our Atlanta-area counseling center offers a wide variety of counseling services for your entire family. Our counseling services include individual therapy, DBT, family therapyfaith-based counseling, and addictions counseling. If you’re not located in Atlanta, don’t worry! We also offer online therapy in Georgia. Contact our therapy office to learn more about how we can help you or your loved ones build peace and confidence in your life.

376 Powder Springs St. Ste. 140
Marietta, GA 30064
(888) 700-1030

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