Trauma & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are incredibly common and often prompt people to consider therapy. At Four Corners, our entire staff is trained to address these issues. Mali Jimenez, LGSW holds particular expertise in counseling teens and helping them to process trauma.

What are trauma and PTSD?

A trauma is a shocking and emotionally overwhelming situation. It includes everything from sexual assault, car accidents, military service, surviving disasters, traumatic childbirth, and chronic stress to bullying, abusive relationships, emotional neglect, child abuse and lack of parental attunement.

According to the National Center for PTSD, common stress reactions after traumatic events include:

  • Upsetting memories of the event, including nightmares, and flashbacks.
  • Sensitivity to and avoidance of triggers that remind you of the event, including sights, smells, sounds, or similar situations.
  • Increased jumpiness, difficulty sleeping, lack of concentration, startle easily
  • Changes in how you think about yourself and others, including avoiding relationships, thinking no one can be trusted, and withdrawing from your daily habits, hobbies, and routines.

If these reactions do not go away or worsen, you may have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

How does processing trauma work?

The idea of processing trauma can feel overwhelming. For those considering therapy, remember that the trauma doesn’t have to be re-lived in graphic detail to process and move forward. Integrating trauma appropriately allows it to be part of who you are, but neither defines nor dictates your present or future.

Today, there are wonderful cutting-edge treatments to help people process these events without being re-traumatized.

At Four Corners, we help clients to integrate their experiences using the Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy model. IFS was created as a trauma treatment model, and there is evidence-based research supporting IFS for trauma treatment. Each of our clinicians uses mindfulness and meditative, body-oriented practices to assist clients in their healing process.

Have I experienced trauma?

You may be wondering whether an experience of yours is indeed trauma and worthy of therapy. It’s important to remember that the details of the experience are less important than how the experience impacted you. Some clients come to therapy right away when they encounter a specific experience. Others come when a past trauma keeps them stuck. It is common to have a delayed stress response months or even years after a traumatic event. At Four Corners, we work with all kinds of distressing situations, helping you to address the trauma and move toward a more vibrant and fulfilling life.

Do I need help?

If a trauma (or your response to it) disrupts your daily functioning, prompts dissatisfaction with how you feel, and you know you’re not yourself, then consider working with us.

We want you to not only survive, but also thrive and live your best life every day.