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Psychological Trauma

Psychological Trauma

The symptoms of psychological trauma can feel overwhelming, making day-to-day functioning difficult. Bold Steps Behavioral Health understands the complexities of trauma and provides effective therapy and treatment programs to help you overcome trauma-related disorders. With individualized therapy, group counseling, medication management, and more, Bold Steps’ licensed clinicians and psychiatrists develop customized treatment plans with proven outcomes. You can overcome trauma with the right treatment. Take the first step toward recovery and contact us at 717.896.1880 today.

What is Psychological Trauma?

Psychological trauma occurs when intensely stressful events overwhelm a person’s ability to cope. It shatters one’s sense of security and safety. Traumatic experiences could stem from abuse, violence, accidents, natural disasters, or other distressing situations.

  • Signs & Symptoms
  1. Intrusive thoughts or nightmares
  2. Avoidance of trauma reminders
  3. Negative changes in thinking and mood
  4. Being easily startled or feeling on guard
  • Long-Term Effects

Left unaddressed, trauma can significantly impact daily life. It heightens risks of developing PTSD, anxiety, depression, or substance abuse issues. Seeking professional help is crucial for proper healing and overcoming traumatic stress.

  • Treatment at Bold Steps

Our trauma-informed care promotes understanding and sensitivity. Evidence-based therapies like EMDR and CBT empower individuals to process difficult memories. Through compassionate support, we guide clients in rebuilding their lives after trauma.

Common Symptoms of Psychological Trauma

  • Emotional Disturbances

Trauma can manifest as intense emotional responses. You may experience anxiety, panic attacks, or be easily startled. Depression and feelings of hopelessness are also common. Mood swings, irritability and angry outbursts could occur.

  • Cognitive Effects

Psychological trauma often impairs concentration, memory and decision-making abilities. You might have intrusive thoughts, flashbacks or nightmares related to the traumatic event. Avoiding trauma reminders is another cognitive symptom.

  • Physical Symptoms

Trauma takes a physical toll too. Headaches, nausea, muscle tension and chronic pain frequently occur. Sleep disturbances like insomnia are prevalent. Some experience fatigue, edginess or a lingering sense of tension.

  • Behavioral Changes

You may isolate yourself from others, struggle to express emotions or have outbursts of emotion. Reckless or self-destructive behavior patterns can develop. Alcohol/drug misuse as a coping mechanism is sadly common.

Causes and Risk Factors of Psychological Trauma

  • Traumatic Events

Psychological trauma often results from experiencing or witnessing a terrifying, life-threatening event. This could include accidents, natural disasters, physical or sexual abuse, combat or war exposure, and other extremely stressful situations. The more severe and prolonged the trauma, the greater the risk of developing psychological issues.

  • Risk Factors

Certain factors may increase vulnerability to trauma’s effects. These include having a history of trauma or mental illness, lack of social support, and younger age during the traumatic experience. Personality traits like neuroticism can also play a role.

  • Life Circumstances

Stressful life circumstances like poverty, discrimination, unsafe living environments, and substance abuse problems elevate trauma risk. Proper coping mechanisms and resilience-building can help mitigate traumatic impacts in such conditions.

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A Bold Approach

Why choose Bold Steps Behavioral Health?


You never walk alone. From 1:1 counseling to group talk therapy, we cultivate an environment of compassion and support


We take a holistic view of patients during the recovery process, providing individualized care with an emphasis on comfort and respect.


Recovery touches every part of your life, and we give clients the tools and mindset they need to thrive in work, life, and relationships.

How to Cope After a Traumatic Event

  • Process the Experience

Coming to terms with trauma takes time and patience. Allow yourself space to feel the complex emotions. Journaling, talking to supportive loved ones, or seeking professional help can assist in processing the experience in a healthy way.

  • Establish Routines

Trauma can disrupt daily life, making routines difficult. Gradually reintroduce structure through small, manageable steps like consistent meal times or bedtime rituals. This sense of normalcy provides comfort and stability.

  • Practice Self-Care

Be kind to yourself during this challenging period. Nourish your mind and body through exercise, proper nutrition, and relaxing activities that reduce stress. Engaging in hobbies or spending time in nature can replenish your well-being.

  • Build a Support System

Surround yourself with caring individuals who listen without judgment. A robust support network through close relationships, support groups, or counseling offers empathy and guidance when coping feels overwhelming.

Finding Help for Trauma Through Therapy

  • The Importance of Professional Support

Trauma impacts everyone differently. Its effects can be debilitating without proper care. You don’t have to face this challenge alone. Seeking professional therapy provides crucial tools to process traumatic experiences healthily.

  • Personalized Treatment Plans

At Bold Steps Behavioral Health, our compassionate therapists understand the complex nature of trauma. We develop personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique needs and experiences. Through evidence-based therapies like EMDR and cognitive processing therapy, we guide you towards healing.

  • A Safe, Supportive Environment

Our warm, welcoming environment fosters a sense of safety – a vital component of trauma recovery. You’ll find solace in our judgment-free spaces designed to make you feel at ease as you engage in the therapeutic process.

Trauma Treatment Programs at Bold Steps

  • Comprehensive Approach

At Bold Steps, we understand the profound impact trauma can have. Our integrative programs employ evidence-based therapies tailored to each individual’s needs. Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy are cornerstones, helping restructure distressing thoughts and safely confront trauma memories.

  • Mind-Body Healing

Trauma profoundly affects the mind-body connection. Our holistic approach incorporates somatic therapies like EMDR and yoga to release trapped emotions and promote relaxation. Art and equine therapy further facilitate self-expression and healing.

  • Compassionate Support

On your journey, our compassionate team offers consistent support. Through individual and group sessions, you’ll gain skills for managing triggers, cultivating self-compassion, and rebuilding your sense of safety. Our goal is your empowerment and post-traumatic growth.

Take the First Step

Although psychological trauma can have a profound impact on mental health and quality of life. However, with the right treatment and support, healing and recovery are possible. Bold Steps Behavioral Health provides evidence-based therapy and comprehensive treatment programs to help individuals overcome trauma. Our compassionate, skilled clinicians use techniques like EMDR and CBT to process trauma, manage symptoms, and build coping skills. Whether you or a loved one is struggling with PTSD, complex trauma, or everyday stressors, Bold Steps has the tools to facilitate post-traumatic growth. Take the first step toward recovery and contact us at 717.896.1880 today. 

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