Trauma & Anxiety

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About Trauma Disorders

Trauma is generally defined as the emotional response to a terrible event such as a sexual assault, a bad accident or a natural disaster, but a person may be traumatized by any event that affects him or her in a physically or emotionally threatening way. People may respond to trauma with fear, anger, denial, depression, anxiety, a feeling of hopelessness, irritability, difficulty concentrating and even physical symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, stomach issues and sweating. These reactions may last for a short while or become a long-term problem, or they may develop into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

There are several types of trauma:

  • Acute trauma results from a onetime event, such as rape or kidnapping.
  • Chronic trauma is caused by stressful events that happen repeatedly, such as ongoing abuse, bullying or domestic violence.
  • Complex trauma results from exposure to multiple events, such as a combination of neglect and abuse.
  • Secondary trauma occurs when a person exhibits symptoms of trauma as a result of close contact with a person who has experienced a traumatic event.

Trauma Counseling

Aspen Valley Wellness has trauma therapists in Orem, Utah to help local residents struggling with this issue. Our compassionate trauma therapists are experienced in treating individuals with all types of trauma. We work with our clients to customize treatment plans to help them cope with their symptoms and move on with their lives.

Our treatment options include individual therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), expressive arts therapy, neurofeedback, audio-visual entrainment (AVE), cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) and medication management. We strive to find the right therapy or combination of therapies that are best for each individual.

About Anxiety Disorders

People with anxiety generally feel a sense of uneasiness or dread in the face of dangerous or stressful situations. Some anxiety may be helpful, especially when it makes us alert to danger, but if excessive anxiety negatively impacts one’s life, then the individual likely has an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders are categorized as follows:

  • “Typical” anxiety disorders are present when a person is overly fearful of a real or perceived threat and/or worries excessively about future threats.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) are defined by obsessive, intrusive thoughts that trigger compulsive behaviors that are performed to ease the anxiety that accompanies the thoughts. For example, people with OCD who worry about cleanliness often respond with excessive handwashing.
  • Trauma- and stressor-related anxiety disorders result from a trauma (unexpected death, sexual assault, violence, etc.) or a specific stressor (divorce, moving, etc.).

Anxiety may result in specific phobias, social anxiety disorder (SAD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and separation anxiety disorder. An anxiety therapist is needed to diagnose and properly treat anxiety disorders.

Anxiety Counseling

If you feel you may be suffering from anxiety disorder, schedule an appointment with an anxiety therapist in our Orem, Utah clinic. In addition to traditional talk therapy, Aspen Valley Wellness offers a unique set of alternative therapeutic services that you may not have considered, and which set us apart from other mental health providers in the area. We work with each client to develop an individualized treatment plan that may consist of a single therapy or a combination of treatment types.

In addition to individual and group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), we offer nontraditional therapies that have proven effective in treating anxiety. These include neurofeedback, audio-visual entrainment (AVE), cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), expressive arts therapy, medication management, and food sensitivity testing and nutrition coaching.

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