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What Does Trauma Look Like? Explore the Symptoms of Trauma

What Does Trauma Look Like? Explore the Symptoms of Trauma

Symptoms of Trauma

While many people have a specific idea of what trauma looks like, the truth is the symptoms of trauma can take on many different forms. In my practice, I specialize in Trauma/PTSD counseling based on a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy approach, and I’ve found many clients are suffering from trauma and don’t necessarily realize it. Why? Because their symptoms don’t always fit into a neat little box.

Today, let’s take a closer look at what trauma is, what the many symptoms of trauma are, and how you can achieve healing, transformation, and peace through the right therapeutic techniques.

What Is Trauma?

Trauma is typically defined as a psychological and/or emotional response to a disturbing or distressing event; the event or experience can overwhelm the individual’s ability to cope and often leads to feelings of powerlessness and helplessness. It can diminish the individual’s sense of self and ability to feel a wide range of experiences and emotions.


Now, what that definition doesn’t touch on are the numerous gray areas and uncommon symptoms of trauma. As we all know, perception of events is subjective–everyone processes a traumatic experience differently.

For example, one person may have experienced a tornado destroying their hometown and is now fearful and has traumatic flashbacks of the day. Another person may have gone through the same tornado but lost family members and/or their home. Each person may suffer from the symptoms of trauma as a result, but it may look different and have varying degrees of severity and life disruption.

Understanding the Symptoms of Trauma

Keeping in mind that one person’s trauma will vary greatly from another person’s, and this list is by no way all-encompassing, here are some of the more common symptoms of trauma:

  • Anger and/or fearfulness
  • Flashbacks of the traumatic event or experience
  • Emotions that follow no predictable pattern
  • Disbelief and denial
  • Emotional detachment and dissociation
  • Intense feelings of despair, sadness, and powerlessness
  • Persistent feelings of guilt, shame, and feeling responsible
  • Isolation and feeling like no one understands
  • Self-medication or self-harming behaviors
  • Physical symptoms including, but not limited to, nausea, headaches, insomnia, muscle tension, racing heartbeat, agitation, dry mouth, and fatigue

Whether the trauma is a result of abuse, an accident, natural disaster, or events experienced in the line of duty, the symptoms can be debilitating, creating a roadblock to healthy relationships and positive life experiences. It isn’t something you can just “get over” or “move on” from. Nearly all people who experience trauma need extra support and therapeutic strategies to make it to a place of peace and healing.

Get Help for Symptoms of Trauma


If you think you may be suffering from symptoms of trauma, please know you are not alone and help is available. As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, I’m honored to provide counseling guidance, strategies, and the compassionate, nonjudgemental support you need in League City, Texas.

There’s no need to struggle through each day and battle with painful memories on your own. I’m committed to helping you find healing so you can regain control of your life. Connect with me online now to schedule a Trauma/PTSD therapy session.

Do You Need a New Year’s Mental Health Checkup?

Do You Need a New Year’s Mental Health Checkup?

A new year should feel like a fresh start—a blank slate full of possibilities. However, for many people, it’s just a reminder of how disappointing life is. In fact, the “new year, new me” posts on social media tend to rub salt in the wounds of someone who feels like things will never change, or who just feels stuck in a cycle of dissatisfaction.

What would happen if you used a new year and a new decade as a catalyst for change in your life? No matter what is holding you back now, it’s possible to break-through the roadblocks and challenges to experience a life full of peace, hope, and possibility. However, the first step to getting there is a New Year mental health checkup.

Assess Where You Are Now to Get Where You Want to Be

You likely take the time to make a doctor’s appointment for a health check-up, but what about your mind? Some people will even prioritize car tune-ups before they would consider a mental health checkup. The truth is, taking the time to assess where you are now is a crucial step to getting you where you want to be down the road.

Above all, seeking out a reliable, qualified therapist is a great way to begin the process for a proper mental health assessment. In the initial session, your therapist will go through a questionnaire with you. This will be a time to determine what issues you are currently facing and the state of your mental health and overall well-being.

The mental health checkup process is necessary prior to beginning any kind of therapeutic treatment plan. It helps your therapist to identify where you are now, goals for therapy, and the best strategies for helping you to achieve those therapeutic goals.

Why Choose Therapy for a New Year

What if you could count 2020 as the year you set intentions and took action? Therapy is a tool to help you make that happen. Consequently, taking that first step to schedule therapy can be the first step to true, lasting transformation in your life. It’s about you deciding you are not satisfied with how things are. And you are ready to do something about it. It’s about you no longer settling for less than a fulfilled, peaceful life.

Is Therapy Right for You?

Do you think you may be suffering from symptoms of anxiety, depression, or trauma? Or are you just ready to get a personal tune-up for the new year? Help is available. Turn to Ana María Serrano for the guidance, strategies, and support you need in League City, Texas.

She offers individual counseling through the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy approach as well as the Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Therefore, whatever roadblocks may be holding you back in life, Ana María will help you tap into clarity and develop the skills and practices necessary to live in peace with yourself and others. Connect with her online now to schedule a session to get your New Year mental health checkup to make the most of 2020 and beyond.

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