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Emotional Trauma   

Traumatic experiences can leave women feeling frightened, alone, numb or distrusting. While every individual responds to trauma differently, one fact remains clear: It takes time to recover from emotional trauma, and treatment can help. You can heal. You can reclaim your life and move forward.

What Is Emotional Trauma?

Emotional trauma results from stressful events that shake your sense that the world is a safe place to be. You may feel helpless and vulnerable and in a state of constant alert. While people typically think of life-threatening events (such as accidents, natural disasters or violent attacks) as trauma-inducing, any situation or experience that leaves you feeling overwhelmed or unsafe can lead to psychological trauma. This is particularly true when the event happened unexpectedly or repeatedly, you felt powerless to prevent or stop it, or someone was intentionally brutal.

Whether it’s a one-time event or an ongoing stressor, a life-or-death situation or an injury or illness, growing up in a neglectful home or the death of a loved one, trauma is in the eye of the beholder. What matters is your experience of the event and your reaction, whatever it may be, is normal. If you have a history of traumatic experiences or stressful life events, you are more vulnerable to the effects of current traumas.

You may be suffering from the symptoms of psychological trauma if:

  • You often feel angry, irritable, sad, tense, hopeless, guilty, afraid or disconnected.
  • You have a hard time staying focused.
  • You withdraw from others.
  • You feel constantly “on edge” or are easily startled.
  • You suffer from nightmares, insomnia or fatigue.
  • You have unexplained aches and pains or a racing heartbeat.
  • You’re finding it difficult to function at work, school or home.
  • You struggle to develop and maintain healthy relationships.
  • You avoid things that remind you of the trauma.
  • You use drugs or alcohol to cope.

If you aren’t bouncing back from a traumatic event in your life, whether it occurred in childhood or more recently, take heart. Trauma can be effectively treated. You can feel safe and empowered once again.

Recovering from Emotional Trauma in a Safe, Women-Only Setting

At Malibu Vista, we specialize in helping women recover from emotional trauma. Treatment starts with talking about how you feel. We create a nurturing, supportive environment where you can open up to compassionate female mental health professionals and a small, close-knit group of other women who have experienced similar struggles.

We utilize a wide range of traditional and alternative therapies to help women heal from trauma. Since trauma is held in the mind as well as the body, at Malibu Vista, we provide the full range of trauma therapies to our clients, including Somatic Experiencing and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). You’ll learn how to cope with overpowering feelings through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

We also provide specialized groups to help you cope with anger and grief and loss, which are all natural responses to trauma. The ultimate goal of trauma treatment at Malibu Vista is to restore your sense of stability and security so that you can take back your power and live the life you want.