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.”
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.
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.
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.