Symptoms of trauma, traumatic invalidation and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a trauma. Events that can cause traumatic reactions might be a one-time event, but may also include traumatic situations repeating over time.

People who suffer with symptoms of trauma may experience dissociation, flashbacks, and nightmares. Intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings that last long after the trauma has ended are common. Also, people will often avoid places, people, or things that remind them of traumatic events, leading to increased isolation, anxiety, and less involvement in a life worth living.

In some cases, individuals who suffer with trauma symptoms will also experience life threatening behaviors, such as suicidal thoughts, self-harming behaviors, or impulsivity.

Evidence based treatments for the complex symptoms of trauma include Prolonged Exposure Therapy, DBT-Prolonged Exposure Therapy, DBT-PTSD, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). CEBT offers these interventions to adult and adolescent clients

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