Jennifer Y. Nam, PhD

415 Tasso Street, Ste 5, Palo Alto, CA, 94301

870 Market Street, Ste 377, San Francisco, CA, 94102  

650-323-5800 ext 2

 How do I know if I have difficulties related to a trauma? 


Traumatic events, which can be a one time occurrence or over an extended period of time, can impact one's self-concept or the way you adapt to stressors in your life.


Some common symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are: 


  • intrusive memories about the trauma
  • nightmares
  • flashbacks
  • avoiding any triggers that remind you of the trauma
  • negative emotions related to the trauma
  • feeling "not connected" to friends and family members 
  • irritability
  • problems with sleep 
  • feeling hyperaware of one's surroundings and others 




An individual who has experienced trauma over a extended period of time may also experience additional symptoms such as:

 

  • persistent sadness or depression
  • explosive anger
  • forgetting parts of the trauma
  • feeling detached from one's body
  • may feel helpless, shame, guilt
  • feeling overwhelmed when thinking about the trauma
  • using alcohol and/or substances to "numb out" feelings and thoughts about the trauma
  • engaging in self-harm behaviors



Treatment of Trauma 


There are two evidence-based treatments for PTSD, which are Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE). Both treatments are relatively short-term (12 to 16 sessions) and highly efficacious. As well, prolonged trauma treatment also incorporates skills on addressing interpersonal/relationship difficulties that can arise.  


Jennifer Y. Nam, PhD

                                                           CBT/DBT Therapist in Palo Alto and San Francisco                       (650) 323 - 5800 x 2 

Trauma