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Affects of Trauma on Mental Health

Traumatic experiences can have a significant impact on a person’s mental health. Such experiences can range from a single event, like a car accident or physical assault, to repeated and ongoing experiences like childhood abuse or combat exposure. Here are some ways in which traumatic experiences can affect a person’s mental health:

1. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): One of the most common mental health conditions resulting from trauma is PTSD. Individuals with PTSD may experience intrusive and distressing memories or flashbacks of the traumatic event, avoidance of reminders of the trauma, intense anxiety or hypervigilance, and emotional numbing. PTSD can significantly impair a person’s ability to function in daily life and can lead to difficulties with sleep, concentration, and interpersonal relationships.

2. Anxiety and Panic Disorders: Traumatic experiences can trigger the development of anxiety and panic disorders. Individuals may experience constant worry, a sense of impending doom, or recurring panic attacks. These conditions can significantly impact a person’s ability to engage in normal activities and can lead to a decrease in overall quality of life.

3. Depression: Traumatic experiences can also lead to depressive symptoms. Individuals may experience feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or a loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities. Trauma can often disrupt a person’s sense of safety, stability, and self-worth, which can contribute to the development of depressive symptoms.

4. Substance Abuse and Addiction: Some individuals may turn to substance abuse as a way to cope with the distressing emotions and memories associated with trauma.Substance abuse can then lead to addiction, which further compounds the mental health challenges.

5. Dissociation and Dissociative Disorders: Traumatic experiences can lead to dissociation, where an individual may feel disconnected from their thoughts, emotions, or surroundings. In severe cases, dissociative disorders may develop, such as dissociative identity disorder or depersonalization/derealization disorder.

6. Impaired Relationships and Trust Issues: Trauma can affect a person’s ability to form and maintain healthy relationships. Experiences of betrayal or abuse can lead to difficulties in trust and vulnerability, making it challenging to establish close connections with others.

7. Self-esteem and Self-image Issues: Traumatic experiences can contribute to a negative self-image and low self-esteem. Survivors may blame themselves for the traumatic event or struggle with feelings of guilt and shame, which can impact their overall self-worth.

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A Little About Trauma Focused Counseling

Hello, my name is Robert (RL) Turner, and I am a Licensed Professional Counseling #75722 in Private Practice in Cedar Park, Texas. I sincerely appreciate that you have taken the time to consider giving me the opportunity to be a help to you or your loved ones. I hold a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Prior to pursuing my education in professional counseling and psychology, I was on active duty in the United States Navy for 22 years where I gained a wealth of knowledge about the world and the people in it. As a professional counselor, I combine my formal education with a lot of life experience to provide my clients a genuine transformative environment based on both clinically tested and proven methods and common-sense approaches. I believe counseling is a collaborative process between the therapist and the client, and it is through this collaboration that healing, and change can take place.

The focus of my practice is trauma and trauma related struggles. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, which is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences.

I am also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or (ACT) which I use in conjunction with EMDR therapy. ACT is a form of therapy that is based on Psychological Flexibility and a persons individual Values.

Using these two therapy methods, I strive to help my clients learn to break free from struggles and past experiences and overcome ineffective behavior patterns that bind and prevent them from living a meaningful and enjoyable life. The goal of my practice is to help you become the best version of yourself.