Trauma occurs when something extremely stressful happens in one's life, like experiencing or witnessing a danger or threat. The response to this event may vary for each person. For some, an individual may be able to recover and lead a normal life again. For others, healing takes much longer because of the person's response to the traumatic event. This is known as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and it may show up as intrusive memories, nightmares, or intense emotional reactions to reminders of the event. Some may experience "numbness" emotionally and withdrawing from relationships, work and life. PTSD may also cause a person to be "on edge" and constantly on alert for signs of danger, and perhaps more irritable with others. PTSD can be caused by exposure to combat, car or other accidents, physical or sexual assault, or any situation that threatens our life or the lives of those we care about. I have significant experience treating PTSD with evidence-based therapies especially designed to treat trauma. If you think you or a loved one may be struggling with PTSD, please give me a call to schedule a free consultation meeting.