For some people, dealing with the after effects of a traumatic event can be an isolating and invalidating experience. Maybe you have been told that you should have moved on or that the experience "wasn't really that bad", leaving you feeling confused and unheard. Perhaps you are unwilling to share your story with another person because of fear or shame, causing overwhelming isolation and self-loathing.
My name is Tamara Duarte and I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals and I want to hear your story. I want to help.
You can heal.
Research shows that the way treatment is provided when doing trauma work is more important than the type of treatment that's provided. The important elements are having a strong therapeutic alliance (that's the relationship between you and me), good psycho-education (making sure you are educated about trauma, its effects, and treatment so you are well informed about what you are currently experiencing and what you can expect as therapy progresses), and working through the trauma in a safe, therapeutic way so as not to cause you more distress (I can tell you all about how we will do this when we meet).
I know this is scary. It's brave of you to be on this website considering help.
Contact me to see how I can help!
A little information on...
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The following information was retrieved from the Veterans Association website, which you can access here.
When should you seek help
Having stress after experiencing a traumatic event is normal. Your mood and behavior may change, but you should seek help when the symptoms are:
- lasting longer than 3 months
- causing you great distress
- disrupting your life
What are the 4 types of PTSD symptoms
Reliving the event
- having nightmares
- feeling like you are going through the event again, also known as flashbacks
- being triggered by sights, smells, or sounds
Avoiding situations that trigger the trauma emotions
- avoiding crowds because they feel dangerous
- avoiding cities that experience earthquakes because you had an earthquake related trauma
- avoiding your own thoughts and feelings
Negative changes in beliefs and feelings
- avoiding relationships and feeling negatively about others
- forgetting about, or not being able to talk about, parts of the experience
- believing that the world is dangerous and nothing is safe
Feeling keyed up (hyper-aroused)
- trouble sleeping
- difficulty concentrating
- easily startled or surprised
- feeling uneasy with your back to a room