It is an unfortunate fact of life that most people will experience a trauma, major adversity, or significant loss at some point in their lives. Examples of traumatic events include: sexual and physical abuse, rape, domestic violence, community violence, medical trauma, motor vehicle accidents, acts of terrorism, war experiences, natural and human-made disasters, suicides, sudden death of a loved one, and other traumatic losses. Many of the people that have been affected by these experiences will need grief counseling, trauma therapy, or treatment for PTSD to help them move forward with their lives. Dealing with death and tragedy are never easy on your own.

Psychological trauma, including unresolved childhood trauma, can be a painful, emotional wound that often has long-lasting effects. But the pain can be lessened. With the professional counseling and psychotherapy services that are available through Kentlands Psychotherapy we can help you get your life back on track. When you hurt and your life seems to have halted, you do not have to go through it alone.

We can help guide you through the process of recovery. To learn about which therapist might be the best fit for you visit our About Us page. Or call Johanna Koenig, LCSW-C, at (240) 252-3349 ext. 809, to discuss your needs.  Johanna has a special interest in helping people work through traumatic experiences.  She can help you determine who at the practice might best meet your needs.

Have you wondered if the symptoms you’ve been experiencing are PTSD? This short video could help shed some light. An evaluation with a licensed mental health provider can make that diagnosis and offer treatment recommendations as well. We have an expert in adult onset trauma as well. Dr. Russell Carr is a retired Navy Psychiatrist with 20 years experience working with trauma. He offers intensive treatment for addressing trauma related conditions. Call his extension at (240) 252-3349 ext. 802 for details.

Kids & Trauma

It is an unfortunate fact of life that many young children are exposed to traumatic events. These events can include sexual abuse, physical abuse, witnessing domestic abuse, community abuse, school violence, bullying, medical trauma, motor vehicle accident, acts of terrorism, war experiences, natural disasters, human-made disasters, suicide, sudden parental death, caregiver death, loved ones passing on, and more. Many of these events negatively affect children in ways that adults cannot understand. Children that have been exposed to traumatic events may need professional grief counseling or other child counseling services. It can seem impossible to truly understand the depths of childhood trauma. With professional help from a child therapist or child psychologist at Kentlands Psychotherapy, your child can begin to live a healthier and happier life.

Trauma effects children in many ways (physically and emotionally) and can lead to secondary problems (e.g., difficulty in school and relationships, acting out, health related problems). The aftermath of trauma can be a very confusing and scary time.

We offer individualized, age appropriate assistance that is grounded in an expertise in treating trauma sensitive to your child’s developmental stage and capabilities. Visit our About Us page to determine which therapist might be the best fit for you. Nicole, Jessica, and Johanna are here to help.

Talking to Kids about a Suicide Attempt – Video

Helping Kids Deal with Community Trauma

In a month where the news is covering terrorist bombings, school shootings, decade-long kidnappings and an attempted kidnapping practically in our own backyard, it is very difficult to shelter your kids from all the bad things in the news. When they hear about it at school or hear snippets on TV, you need to have a plan on how to talk to them. It’s not realistic to think that you can shelter them from the information. So how do you deal with it? Read strategies from Dr. Brandy Hellman, a former Kentlands Psychotherapy Clinician, for helping kids cope with this and similar events in this tip sheet.

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