Acute and Complex Trauma Counseling

Acute stress disorder is a severe, unpleasant, and dysfunctional reaction that occurs quickly after a stressful incident and lasts for less than a month. People are diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder if their symptoms last more than a month (PTSD).

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.

It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-flight-freeze” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened, even when they are not in danger. PTSD is a treatable condition and EMDR is an evidenced-based way to actively treat PTSD.