People sometimes hesitate to use the word “trauma” when dealing with things like the coronavirus health crisis and the financial stress that is added to it, but that is exactly what people are experiencing — in record numbers.
Psychology Today said it best in a recent article:
The Trauma Crisis
Perhaps people, including the media, are hesitant to use the word “trauma” to describe what is going on. This could be because they do not understand what trauma is, they “could never” perceive themselves as having experienced a traumatic event, they do not (understandably) want to further exacerbate fears and anxiety, and in many cases, people don’t necessarily conceptualize that traumas can happen in such a large scale way such as this.
With that in mind, let’s first remind ourselves what trauma is:
“Trauma” is a commonly used word that people often use to convey their emotional experience of a highly stressful and shocking event. While traumatic events are incredibly stressful and shocking, they become “trauma” when a person’s ability to cope is compromised. This often happens in response to events that are perceived as life- or body-threatening, or after witnessing someone else’s life be threatened or taken in a violent or shocking way.
Source: Psychology Today
At RISE & Shine, we are responding to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Pandemic by providing flexible, client-focused services that can be provided a number of ways, and in a variety of locations, according to the client’s needs. From group services, which adhere to social distancing guidance, in parks, in our offices, and on the beach; to the flexibility of offering individual services in our offices, off-site, in parks or recreational areas that might be more comfortable for the client, or in certain cases, even in the client’s home. We even offer the convenience of telehealth services for those who prefer.
And our groups are also unique in that we offer the option for clients to “check-in” with a practitioner, one-on-one, after the group session has concluded.