Orlando Trauma Counselor
Trauma is an extremely subjective experience. What may be traumatic for one person may barely affect another. In a general sense though, trauma results when you experience excessive stress that overwhelms your emotional or physical ability to cope. While emotional trauma can result in the absence of any physical trauma, many times the two go hand-in-hand. For instance, the wounds from physical trauma like the loss of a limb or a gunshot wound, while an obvious shock to the body, will eventually heal. What the person is then left with, however, are the emotional wounds and repercussions of the actual traumatic event. Psychological trauma can last for many years, and if unresolved, can even become more devastating than the original traumatic event. We educated clients on building a deeper understanding that as horrific as the traumatic event may seem, it’s not actually the event itself that causes someone to become traumatized. It’s that person’s internal reaction to the event that determines the degree and intensity of their trauma. This is why two people can experience a similar trauma and one person can go on with life as usual after the event but the other almost immediately falls to pieces. Both people experience the same event but their reactions to that event have very different psychological implications. Much of how someone reacts is directly related to their history, coping skills, and emotional stability at the time. We also now know that when you experience a traumatic event, the structure and functioning capabilities of your brain are physically affected. It can be surprising may be traumatic to an individual and DeAne is well versed in exploring not only "Traditional" traumas but traumas that may arise from religious environments and cultural influences for example. DeAne is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and utilized this therapeutic approach with children and adults as she guides them in learning how to more effectively deal with traumatizing cognitions, deep guilt, and maladaptive behavioral patterns.