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Trauma Support and Recovery Program

According to SAMHSA, trauma results from a single event, series of events, or set of circumstances experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening and can impact your view of yourself, others, and the world. It is normal to have strong emotions, thoughts, and body sensations during the trauma and for a short time after the trauma is over. However, if these symptoms persist, they may negatively affect your current function, mood, ability to cope, self-esteem, ability to trust, sense of safety, etc.

Symptoms of trauma may include persistent avoidance of reminders associated with the traumatic event, exaggerated negative beliefs (e.g, I can't trust anyone, I am not worthy), persistent negative emotional states, feelings of detachment from others, persistent inability to experience positive emotions, hypervigilance, problems with concentration, angry outbursts, irritability, and recklessness. If you feel like your symptoms are getting in the way of you living your best life, ask for help.

We offer trauma education, supportive counseling, and, if needed, a choice of two trauma-focused psychotherapies for individuals who may need more specific support to address their symptoms of traumatic stress. Click on the flyers and links below to find out more information about these two psychotherapies, which are both supported by extensive research and recommended by the American Psychological Association as effective treatments for PTSD and related problems.

To connect to this service, you can contact your Advocate for a referral or reach out to one of our therapists directly:

  • Jody Sweeney, LCSW at jjs5b@virginia.edu or 434 297-7190
  • Arminda Perch, MBA, MSW* at ap5yb@ virginia.edu or 434 297-5839.

Helpful Resources about the Symptoms of Trauma & Coping

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