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Trauma Specialist

Psychology Beverly Hills -  - Psychologist

Psychology Beverly Hills

Psychologists & Therapists located in Beverly Hills, CA

Trauma has a strong and long-lasting impact on your mental health and well-being. Though some people recover, many experience psychological trauma that they can’t get past. When you struggle with the fallout of trauma, Dr. Payam Kharazi and the exceptional team of clinicians at Psychology Beverly Hills offer individualized therapy that helps you overcome your symptoms and return to a happy, vital life. If you have questions, call the office in Beverly Hills, California, to schedule a free phone consultation. You can also request an in-person or telehealth appointment online.

Trauma Q & A

What is trauma?

Trauma can occur when you experience a scary, dangerous, or shocking event. This event may affect your emotional well-being, threaten your physical safety, or both. You can also experience trauma when you learn about an event experienced by a friend or family member.

Sometimes, trauma can also occur from repeated experiences of being treated poorly by others, or treated in a way that did not meet your emotional needs.

The most common events responsible for trauma include:

  • Being bullied
  • Persistent stress at home
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Neglect during childhood
  • Car crashes and other accidents
  • Violence in your community (shootings)
  • Robbery or household invasion
  • Natural disasters (hurricanes, floods, earthquakes)
  • Death or serious illness of a friend or family
  • Combat duty and military stressors on family

You can also experience interpersonal trauma if you’ve experienced emotional abuse, physical abuse, or emotional or physical neglect as a child or an adult. This can occur when parents, partners, friends, or colleagues frequently say you’re worthless or shame, belittle, or intimidate you.

What is psychological trauma?

Psychological trauma is the emotional response you have to a negative event. No matter what causes your trauma, you experience strong emotions such as:

  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Shame
  • Sadness
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Guilt (even though you’re not responsible for the event)

You may find that you can’t focus at school or work, which may ultimately impact your performance. After experiencing trauma, you may behave in ways that aren’t normal for you. For example, you may have angry outbursts or feel constantly on high alert for danger. 

Psychological trauma may interfere with sleep, affect your relationships, and cause physical symptoms such as fatigue, stomachaches, tight muscles, and headaches. Some people develop trauma-related mental health disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

How is trauma treated?

Trauma symptoms often improve within a few months. If your feelings and symptoms linger, get worse, or affect your ability to function at school or work, it’s time to contact the caring team at Psychology Beverly Hills for help.

Your therapist uses psychotherapy to help you understand the impact of the trauma, recognize and process your emotions and memories, and learn the coping skills you need to diminish your symptoms.

Several evidence-based therapies are proven to effectively treat trauma. Psychology Beverly Hills often recommends cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mentalization-based therapy (MBT), or somatic therapy. 

Though they all focus on overcoming difficult thoughts and emotions, they each take a different approach. You and your therapist work together to determine the one that best meets your individual needs.

If you can’t overcome the emotional impact of trauma, don’t wait to get help. Call Psychology Beverly Hills or book an appointment online today.