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Trauma services offered

Trauma can have a lasting impact on your life to the point it affects your sleep, interpersonal relationships, and decision-making. Based in Katy, Texas, Cari Lister LPC provides individualized trauma-focused virtual counseling to teach you coping skills and improve your mental well-being. She can also address the mental health disorders that often stem from trauma, like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To schedule an appointment, call Cari’s office or book online today.

Trauma Q & A

What is trauma?

Trauma is a broad term referring to emotional responses to major events or circumstances in your life. Often, the emotions that stem from a traumatic incident linger for years or even for the rest of your life. 

While the shock and emotions you experience during and immediately after a traumatic event are strong, the long-term effects can also have a significant impact on your well-being. Some people develop a mental health condition called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which you can manage with individualized counseling and medication.

Other mental health conditions that can appear because of trauma include depression, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), dissociative disorders, and substance abuse. 

What causes trauma?

Deeply stressful or terrifying events can lead to long-term trauma, regardless of your age when they happen. A few examples are:

  • Child abuse
  • An abusive relationship
  • Sexual abuse
  • Car accidents
  • Natural disasters
  • The death of a loved one
  • Combat
  • A major injury

You can also develop trauma because of an event that you weren’t there to experience. You might get it from hearing about the incident after the fact or witnessing a horrific accident firsthand. 

What are the signs of trauma?

After something disturbing happens, you might feel an initial sense of shock, numbness, or grief. You might even go through a phase of denial that the event ever happened or feel guilty that there was nothing you could do to stop it. 

The longer-term signs and symptoms of trauma include:

  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Insomnia
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Recurrent thoughts or memories
  • Avoiding anything that reminds you of the cause of your trauma
  • Self-destructive behaviors

As intense as they may be, and despite the guilt or shame you might feel around them, you shouldn’t ignore symptoms like these. 

How can I manage the effects of trauma?

Cari Lister LPC offers trauma-focused and trauma-informed counseling services with regular virtual appointments. You can access your session from anywhere, so it’s easy to keep up with your counseling even when out of town. 

Counseling teaches you coping mechanisms to use in your everyday life to reduce the long-term effects that trauma can have. 

For more information on trauma and the counseling services that can help you cope, schedule an appointment by phone or book one online today.