Often times people wonder what is meant by the word trauma? It is a common term in the mental health industry. Many clinicians are trained to identify a client’s underlying trauma…their theme and then are trained to build a treatment plan off of that. With that being said it should be noted that trauma is personal, yet it is still experienced the same by many. Trauma is defined as a powerful and intense emotional response to a distressing event, such as war, a car accident, natural disaster, unexpected death of a loved one, abuse, living through a natural disaster, or exposure to community violence. Overall it should be noted that trauma can continue to cause both emotional, psychological, physical, and behavioral symptoms for many years after the event has occurred if left unresolved (Therapist Aid, LLC, “What is Trauma?”, 2016).
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a serious potentially crippling condition that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist incident, sudden death of a loved one, war, violent personal assault such as rape, or other life-threatening events. Signs of PTSD may start soon after a fearsome event and then continue. Other people develop new or more severe signs months or even years later. PTSD can happen to anyone, even children and can affect your life and the people around you.
Childhood Abuse & Neglect
The effects of abuse and neglect affect each child differently. While the effects can be severe and long-lasting, children who have been abused or exposed to violence can and do go on to have healthy and productive childhoods and adult lives. Children are resilient, and being able to discuss and guide our children through a recovery process is crucial to their success. It is often the first step towards healing. If you are an adult with a history of childhood trauma, we are here to support you as well.
The US Department of Justice defines sexual assault as “any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient.” Sexual assault is a term that includes sexual activities such as rape, fondling, and attempted rape (Miller, 2017). It should be noted that Sexual Assault can generally be categorized into three forms: 1) Penetration Crimes (of a body part by another by an object, or by a part such as penal penetration of the mouth, anus, or vagina), 2) Contact with genitalia, breast, buttocks, or other intimate body parts, or 3) Exposure of genitalia, breast, buttocks or other intimate body parts (Miller, 2017). Here at Village Mindset, our trauma-informed licensed mental health therapists utilize various evidence-based treatment modalities to assist clients in healing from exposure to sexual violence. We tailor each treatment plan to meet each client’s specific needs and treatment outcomes. If you have been the victim of sexual assault, you can also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-4673 or chat online at online.rainn.org.
Miller, K. (2017, November 3). What Is Sexual Assault (and What Isn’t), According to the Law.
Retrieved October 9, 2018, from https://www.self.com/story/sexual-assault-definition.
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