mental health, therapy, counseling and psychology terms glossary


Traumatic experiences often involve a physical threat to life or safety but any situation that leaves a person feeling isolated, helpless, and overwhelmed can result in Trauma. Traumatic events include accidents, abuse, bullying, neglect, breakups, humiliation, chronic illness, or the sudden death of a loved one.

Trauma can often manifest in destructive behaviors such as substance abuse, self-harm, and codependency. An individual struggling with past traumas can experience insomnia, irritability, aches and pains, fear, anxiety, and hopelessness. Trauma can affect work performance and relationships, cause one to withdraw and isolate from others, and potentially resort to using drugs or self-harm in order to cope with the intense emotions.

Whatever the cause of the trauma – and whether it happened recently or in childhood – therapy can help. A therapist can use a variety of modalities including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Talk Therapy, and Mindfulness techniques to help reprogram and heal the traumatic memories so a healthier, happier life can be realized.

At Claibourne Counseling, we specialize in treating Trauma & PTSD!