About Trauma and PTSD



Unfortunately, a person may be assaulted by trauma, an experience so unexpected and awful that the stress is overwhelming and s/he becomes unable to cope with life. Sometimes a traumatic experience is a single event; sometimes it occurs again and again. In any case, people react uniquely to traumatic events and the severity of trauma is based on the individual who experiences it. Some events that can cause trauma are: accidents, deaths, natural disasters, criminal acts, war and other incidents of violence. Also included are childhood sexual, physical or emotional abuse, abandonment, situations of domestic violence and rape. At Heartwork we attend to the specific needs of each client and make treatment choices based on each individual. The relationship between the trauma survivor and therapist is an important part of the foundation of recovery. We combine a number of treatment methods as we work with people to resolve their trauma and heal their emotional wounds.