Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist located in Mission Viejo, CA

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Trauma can severely affect your quality of life. If you experience psychological or emotional issues from trauma, Maria Lloyd, LMFT, offers superior care and treatment at Therapy with Maria: Maria Lloyd, LMFT, in Mission Viejo, California. While Maria sees patients at her office, she also offers telehealth appointments to those in California. To learn more, call the office or book a free consultation online. 

Trauma Q & A

What is trauma?

Trauma is a psychological and emotional response to extremely distressing or disturbing events. It involves feelings of intense fear, helplessness, and horror that can significantly impact your daily life. 

Traumatic events can occur in various forms, including the following:

  • Natural disasters
  • Accidents
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Sudden loss or death of a loved one

If you experience trauma, you can rely on Maria for her superior care with highly personalized treatment plans to offer the healing and relief you need.

What causes trauma?

The causes of trauma differ from person to person. However, the most common reasons relate to experiencing or witnessing violent or life-threatening events. 

Trauma can also result from emotional or psychological abuse, neglect during childhood, or other chronic traumatic events that significantly impact your mental and emotional state.

What are the symptoms of trauma?

Symptoms of trauma can vary depending on the severity, type, and duration of the traumatic event. Common symptoms include:

  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling anxious
  • Irritability
  • Being easily agitated

If you have experienced trauma, you may also feel emotionally numb, disconnected from others, and withdrawn from social or family life. Physical symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, and fatigue, are also common.

How is trauma treated?

Treating trauma requires a multi-faceted approach that addresses the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of the experience. Various therapy approaches are available, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and exposure therapy. 

These treatments help you understand your reactions to the traumatic event and provide coping mechanisms to manage your stress and anxiety. Maria is also a licensed ketamine-assisted psychotherapist who partners with Journey Clinical to provide at-home treatments to help alleviate your symptoms.

Self-care practices, like exercise, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques, can also be beneficial. In addition, Maria encourages support from friends, family, or groups. Building a strong network can help you feel less isolated and provide a safe space to express your emotions and feelings freely.

To request a free consultation with Maria, call Therapy with Maria: Maria Lloyd, LMFT, today or book online.