Tragedy, illness and death often strike without warning. These sudden traumas can stop us in our tracts and impact our ability to function. Processing traumatic events immediately after they occur can improve an individual’s ability to cope and reduce the likelihood of adverse reactions such as traumatic and complicated grief, self-destructive behaviors, physical symptoms and mental health struggles. Individuals who receive immediate support or mental services to manage the aftershock of trauma and grief are less likely to have reduced long-term impairment.
The body and mind respond to trauma on multidimensional levels and exposure to horrific events may impact the way we feel, both physically and emotionally, as well as our thoughts, behaviors and beliefs. In the wake of traumatic events it is not unusual to experience physical symptoms such as stomachaches, headaches and fatigue along with an inability to concentrate and focus. We may find ourselves overcome with profound sadness, fear for our safety and those we love and paralyzing anxiety. Or we may question our faith, our belief system, or our assumptions that guide us in our world.
Dr. Jennifer Levin is a traumatic grief therapist who is experienced in the field and available to provide mobile grief services to help our community process and cope with tragedies in our environment. Sudden crisis response services include: responding to deaths at schools or in the work place, processing local disasters and residual fears, and empowering individuals to heal together in the wake of sadness. Prevention and training services include: how to plan for community and local disasters, how to process loss in the workplace, community or school, and the importance of self-care during crisis. Trainings are designed to help individuals reestablish a sense of safety, develop routine and structure, process feelings of doubt, regret and blame and develop a self care routine to reduce anxiety, improve mood and increase ability to function.