Trauma: Surviving a Traumatic Experience

Trauma is an event that elicits a strong emotional response to the experience, such as an accident, assault, natural disaster, violence or long-term abuse.  It can leave you feeling shocked, overwhelmed, disoriented and hopeless.  It is estimated that up to 70 percent of adults have been affected by a traumatic event at some point in their lives.  Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTS) can help you manage your feelings and cope with behaviors following a traumatic event.

RELATED ARTICLES

Abuse

Abuse

Abuse comes in many forms.  No one should live in fear of the person they love or in fear of their personal safety.  Yet abuse can happen to anyone, at any age, in any life situation.  READ MORE

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a common condition that occurrs after someone has lived through a traumatic experience or event.  PTSD affects 3.5 percent of the U.S. adult population, or about 7.7 million people.  READ MORE

Childhood Trauma

Childhood Trauma/Developmental Trauma

Developmental trauma occurs when a child's sense of safety is violated. Events that can cause trauma include:  READ MORE


Veterans

Veterans

People who have served in the military are especially vulnerable to suffering from trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Those who see combat often witness death and violent events, and feel ongoing fear in life-threatening situations.  READ MORE

Disasters

Disasters

Natural or manmade disasters are often schocking, life-threatening experiences that have long-term repercussions on those who experience them.  In the aftermath of a disaster, people often feel stunned, disoriented or incapable of comprehending upsetting information. READ MORE

MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS


Addictions

People turn to substances and/or behaviors to escape or distract themselves from pain. Not all of these are unhealthy or problematic but when they get in the way of relationships, work or enjoyment in life, they can become increasingly distressing.
READ MORE


Mood-Stress

Stress, anxiety, depression, panic disorder and other behavioral health issues are difficult to manage without making lifestyle changes. And they are not uncommon. READ MORE 

Featured Therapist 

Barbara Witney, MA

Barbara Witney, M.A.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
San Jose, CA

I help couples learn the necessary skills they need to bring each other a lifetime of love. Let’s talk and find out if I’m the right counselor for you


View Profile

Find a Therapist