How Crisis and Trauma Counseling Differ

Crisis and trauma seem interchangeable, however they differ significantly. Crisis is defined by Cambridge Dictionary as “an extremely difficult or dangerous point.” Thus, a specific time or event. Also defined by Cambridge Dictionary, trauma is a “severe and lasting emotional shock and pain caused by an extremely upsetting experience.”

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A Further Look

Now, let’s explore some scenarios and categorize them as either crisis or trauma. Let’s start with a crisis. Since a crisis is more of an acute situation, examples would include moving, job loss, death of a loved one, or any other short-term occurrence causing an extreme amount of distress. Crisis counseling would typically be a period of a few sessions to several weeks but not intended to be long term.

On the other hand, trauma counseling focuses on the triggering event. Then, we work through the subsequent issues it’s causing. Obviously, this would require a longer period of time to work through the layers of emotions and implement effective coping strategies.

Why Trauma and Crisis Counseling are Important

When you’ve faced a trauma or crisis, our minds function differently. The way we think, act and react changes. All of this affects our lives. When the mind is in an unhealthy place, we may withdraw from life. That, in turn, strains personal relationships. Sometimes sleep is disrupted, and you might even miss work. Trauma counseling and crisis counseling are equally as important because they provide support and help you work through your emotional pain. Your therapist will tech you coping strategies to help prevent or minimize future distress.

What We Can Do

If you or someone you know has been affected by a crisis or is experiencing symptoms of trauma, our experienced team at Garrett can provide the crisis counseling or trauma counseling services you need. Reach us here and tell us a little about yourself, or call (256) 239-5662 to schedule your consultation today. Online and in-person sessions are available at our Boaz, Huntsville, and Jacksonville locations. Make it the best and call us today.


How Crisis Counseling Can Help You Cope with Trauma

Merriam-Webster defines trauma as “a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury; an emotional upset.” Trauma counseling (or crisis counseling) is a key tool to coping and/or recovering from from your traumatic experience.

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Psychological and Emotional Trauma

Traumatic events typically involve a life-threatening situation. But, they can also occur as a result of any event that left you feeling significantly overwhelmed and alone. A few examples of how we experience trauma include:

  • Car accident
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • A fall, animal bite or or other injury
  • Natural disaster like a hurricane or tornado
  • Acts of violence as witnessed in war or terrorism
  • The severance of a significant relationship
  • Sudden loss of a loved one

However, these are not the only examples. If you feel you have suffered a traumatic event, you have and should seek help.

Effects of Trauma

Each individual is unique. Therefore, what may be a traumatic experience to some may not necessarily be to another. Trauma is actually very subjective. A person’s genetics, background, experiences, and temperament are just some examples of why people do not view a particular circumstance the same way. There are numerous effects trauma can have on a person. Some more common symptoms include:

  • Nightmares
  • Avoiding the place of the incident
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Social withdrawal or isolation
  • Panic attacks

Crisis Counseling with Garrett

If you have suffered a traumatic event, maybe your symptoms began right away, or maybe it’s been months or years since the event, and you’re just now experiencing emotional or psychological issues. Again, as each individual is different, the impact of trauma will present itself differently and/or at different times. Garrett Counseling has the compassionate counselor you need. You can trust that we care about what you have been through and will lead you on a journey to begin healing. In-person and teletherapy appointments are available. Start your healing through crisis counseling today by clicking here or calling (256) 239-5662.