A patient may experience trauma therapy in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic event. Whether an accident, an act of violence, a natural catastrophe, or a sudden loss, there are many professionals in caring professions who are also trained as emergency trauma counselors. You may find these pros among the police, in emergency rooms, and acting as paramedics. Many ministers receive trauma counseling therapy as well. From rape counselors and Red Cross caregivers to nurses and doctors, the list of people who may have been given training and knowledge to help you in the first stages of reaction after a traumatic event is extensive.
This form of therapy is intended to help a patient cope with the first shock and pain of an event or experience, and to lay ground work for later healing. It’s not intended as a long-term commitment, but as a fast and effective emergency treatment to ensure a victim is given the best chance for later healing. More extensive therapy may be pursued later.
Long term therapy may actually not take all that long, if a patient has been lucky or well enough prepared to handle shock, grief, pain, fear and other traumatic emotions effectively. In instances where the damage proves to be minimal therapy may be rather brief, dealing with any unresolved emotional response.
For some, trauma therapy should be more extensive. Trauma can cause severe reactions that can have a major effect on the life of a victim. Depending on the trauma, PTS (post traumatic stress) can trigger anxiety attacks, panic, violence, anger, severe depression, sexual dysfunction, social withdrawal, and more. The repercussions of a cataclysmic event can echo through a victim’s life for years to come if not successfully dealt with in therapy.