Grief, Loss, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Trauma
Grief and Loss
Therapists expert in addressing grief and loss are matched with students who have suffered the loss of a parent, family member or loved one. We help each client create ceremonies and assignments to help them address and move through their grief. In a supportive and safe environment, participants access their pain, and let go of the maladaptive coping so that they may work towards healing and integration.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
This disorder occurs after a person has experienced an extreme traumatic stressor. The stressor could be a number of things ranging from threat of death or serious injury to oneself, experiencing death or serious injury of someone else, or learning about serious harm to someone close. Victims of bullying often suffer from PTSD. Trauma need not meet a certain criteria for it to have a negative impact on the global functioning of an individual, but PTSD is a severely limiting impact on an individual. A person with PTSD may experience intense fear, helplessness, or horror in anticipation of the next exposure to a traumatic event. The person may experience the traumatic event over again in different ways such as a flashback or, more simply, experience life as frightening and unsafe. A variety of symptoms can be present with PTSD. Our safe, structured setting helps clients get to the root of the injury so that symptoms can be diminished and replaced with more rational thoughts and a higher level of functioning.
Some have defined trauma as “anything less than ideal.” And while many seek to define trauma as something more discreet, most mental health and addiction issues have trauma as a root cause. The goal at Evoke Therapy Programs is to assist the client to discover the wounds that lead to self-medicating and distracting symptoms. Trauma affects the brain by hardwiring it to respond to life’s challenges in maladaptive and ineffective ways. Experiential wilderness therapy is ideal because it accesses those and treats the trauma through non-verbal, sensory-based interventions. The individual is then able to verbalize the trauma and rewire the brain to a more effective way of coping. Meditation and mindfulness practices offered at Evoke also provide the client with tools to continually address triggers and anxiety. Please click here to read a blog by one of our therapists about trauma.