When Should you Seek Therapy for Trauma?

When Should you Seek Therapy for Trauma?

Defining Trauma

Trauma is your body’s response to an incident that was disturbing, distressing or life threatening. If you have encountered a traumatic event it is not abnormal to not have addressed the damage you received from this experience. Sometimes it is hard to recognize the symptoms from trauma because they can be subtle or severe. And not all trauma has to be a life threatening event or something extreme.  Being made fun of at school, losing your job, a fender bender can all be traumatic for some of us.

After an event you may feel as though you can’t live your life the same way you used to before the incident.  You keep trying to get back to your previous normal but you just can’t.   Leaving trauma untouched can create long term effects and other mental health issues.  It is important that you are able to recognize when you may need outside help battling unaddressed trauma in your life.

If you are experiencing any of the following it might be time to seek therapy.

Mental Effects of Trauma

If faced with some type of trauma you might be noticing a change in your thoughts or how you process different situations. For example, you could notice yourself becoming more forgetful or find yourself repeating things you have already said. At work you might have a harder time paying attention to the task assigned to you or communicating/collaborating with co-workers. Some other cognitive consequences you could be experiencing are flashbacks of the event or nightmares. These effects can be a direct result of your trauma and can be really frustrating, scary, and overwhelming.

Physical Effects of Trauma

Physical effects may be hard to identify because you don’t automatically match your nagging headache as a direct result of a traumatic event. But your body can tell you a lot by just looking at physical changes. Some physical effects of trauma are:

  • Fatigue
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Headaches
  • Chest pain
  • Muscle tension
  • Change of appetite
  • Getting sick more often
  • Strong startle response

Behavioral Effects of Trauma

Trauma can cause you to start behaving differently than you used to before the event. After experiencing a distressing incident paranoia might be at an all-time high. This could lead you to avoiding different places, people, or situations. You could find yourself becoming distant from family and friends or having a decreased hope for the future. Emotional difficulties can also be a direct result of behavioral changes. Examples of emotions you could be experiencing are anxiety, anger, shame, guilt, fear, depression, shock, etc.

Religious effects of Trauma

A traumatic experience can shatter and shake your religious beliefs. You might be experiencing a lot of doubt or questions towards God. When you feel as though your whole world is flipped upside down it is normal for you to question how something like this could happen. Your perception of His goodness or His plan might have changed due to the trauma you are facing.  Thankfully, you don’t have to tackle the confusion and uncertainty alone.

Next Steps

If you feel as though you might have trauma in your negatively impacting you, your relationships, job…Life then we can help.  The next natural step is to reach out by going to NewVisionCounseling.org or call (405) 921-7776 to start your journey towards healing today.

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Andrew BrownAndrew Brown
11:05 06 Feb 24
Shawn called me directly and sought out a resolution with me for a recent poor experience I had. He showed genuine care and consideration over the phone, and demonstrated he truly cares about the clients that come here and wants everyone to get the help they need. That's how it needs to be in any place helping others in God. God bless.
Andy EatonAndy Eaton
21:00 11 Oct 23
I totally recommend Josh Rhoades. He's helped me overcome a lot of anxiety and work-related stress and the effects it's had on me this year. For any guys out there wondering if they should go to counseling, you should definitely give Josh and New Vision a try.
Mark VonFeldtMark VonFeldt
12:04 23 Aug 23
I admit I didn't think I needed counciling but when I hit a tough period in life. Caleb McKean at New Vison Counseling was extrodinary in helping me out and providing encourgement, prespective and confidence. In addition, it was great seeing Shawn McGuire who consitantly provided an uplifting personality that’s just contagious.
Elizabeth ProtzmanElizabeth Protzman
11:41 24 May 23
My husband and I just wrapped up counseling with Shawn. And if you told me 6 months ago our family would be how we are now, I would have been in total disbelief. Shawn’s approach to counseling is next level and took us to new places we never thought that we could experience freedom and he put a light on places we never knew were still dragging us down.My husband (before counseling) had past trauma that weighed him down so heavily that his negative self talk was taking over his mental life. He was completely unable to be social anywhere, see positivity in anything, and talked with a super meek voice because he didn’t see worth in himself. We thought that “this is just his personality”, but Shawn was able to uncover the trauma that was holding him back and helped him break free of it. He now speaks with a voice to be heard and even he engages in social situations!I went through a terrible health scare while we were going through sessions. My optometrist thought that I had a tumor or fluid build up in my skull. Shawn helped me navigate all of the feelings that I kept shoving down. On my second session of talking about this medical situation, we really got to the root of my stress and behavior in this situation and in life. I felt a ton of weight lifted off of me in that moment just by digging out every root in my heart that wasn’t welcome there. Later that day (a Thursday) I had my MRI scans and that Sunday I woke up headache/migraine free for the first time in four months. Monday I got the news that nothing was there. I truly believe that God did a healing work in that therapy session. A physical healing of my body and a spiritual healing of my mind.Through all of this Shawn was not only there for just our counseling sessions, but when I was going through all of the medical stuff he would check in and see how everything was going. He recommended for my husband to go to a camp that absolutely played a part in changing my husband’s life. And all that I’ve shared is only the surface of all of the healing we received. I would have to write a novel for the rest, lol.If you’re looking for healing and willing to show up and put in the work…Shawn will help you get there.
Steve RodriguezSteve Rodriguez
14:25 06 May 22
New Vision Counseling and Consulting saved my marriage as they helped and are helping me deal with my issues with depression and anxiety. I have been taught new methods of dealing with these issues and they are life saving. I have enjoyed my experience with Shawn Maguire, the best therapist I could ask for, and feel this place is a Godsend. I never thought therapy would work for me but I was wrong and wish I had come here sooner. Excited for what the future holds.

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