Serenity Trauma Healing Center

 

Trauma and Recovery in Malibu, CA

Serenity Trauma Healing Center is an award-winning outpatient trauma treatment facility in Malibu, California, providing psychological services for adolescents and adults. Our practitioners can help clients cope with trauma, deal with the symptoms of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and focus on restoring a sense of safety and serenity.

What is Trauma?

According to the American Psychological Association, “Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer-term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea”. Survivors of traumatic experiences often go through changes in their physical reactions, emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in the wake of such experiences.

Examples of Changes in Physical Reactions May Include:

Increased fatigue
Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach)
Sweating or chills
Shock
Dizziness
Chest pains
Trouble breathing
Numbness

Examples of Changes in Physical Reactions May Include:

Increased fatigue
Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach)
Sweating or chills
Shock
Dizziness
Chest pains
Trouble breathing
Numbness

Examples of Changes in Thinking May Include:

Increased thinking that your future will be cut short
Difficulty in remembering things
Trouble making decisions
Confusion
Difficulty concentrating
“Flashbacks” or reliving experiences
Nightmares
Intrusive or unwelcome thoughts
Having too many thoughts at once
Thinking about suicide
Memory gaps

Examples of Emotional Changes May Include:

Increased nervousness
Fear
Grief
Depression
Hopelessness
Helplessness
Anger
Irritability
Feeling overwhelmed
Guilt
Vulnerability

Examples of Changes in Behavior May Include:

Increased startle response
Hypervigilance
Being withdrawn from others
Being overly dependent upon others
Changes in appetite
Changes in sleep
Increased substance abuse (alcohol, drugs, medication)
Problems with emotional or physical intimacy
Inability to trust or have loving feelings
Apathy
Loss of spirituality
Risk taking
Suicidal impulses and behaviors

While these changes are normal responses to a traumatic event, some people have difficulty coping and moving on with their lives. Our trained therapists at Serenity Trauma Healing Center are trained to help trauma survivors heal from these invisible wounds and find constructive ways of managing their emotions.

A great way to heal from traumatic experiences outside of the therapy room is to educate yourself and learn from leading researchers and clinicians about the psychological effects of trauma and the methods that have helped others heal. Explore our educational resources below to learn more about trauma and its co-occurring disorders.

Trauma Resources We Love

 

Books

      • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
      • My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathways to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem.
      • It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle by Mark Wolynn.
      • Trauma is Really Strange by Steve Haines.
      • Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter A. Levine.
      • What Happened to You? by Bruce Perry, MD, PhD, and Oprah Winfrey.

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