Trauma happens to us, our friends, our families, and our co-workers. Experiences such as sexual assault, being physically assaulted at work, or witnessing a horrific event can have a huge impact on our brains, our emotional baseline, and our functioning capacity.
Whether a traumatic event has just occurred or a history of abuse is resurfacing, FEAP is extending specialized services to individuals dealing with such.
FEAP offers counseling services to employees dealing with immediate crisis or historical trauma which is actively impacting daily functioning.
Post Trauma Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms are normal reactions to abnormal events. For some people, these symptoms may last for several days or even weeks, but then they gradually lift. It is preventative and healing to process what has happened and your emotions. If that need is not met, some find themselves unable to move on and begin feeling even worse. When your memory of what happened and your feelings about it are disconnected, it causes one to remain in psychological shock or PTSD.
While PTSD is experienced differently in every person, here are some of the possible symptoms:
- Inability to remember parts of traumatic event
- Intrusive, upsetting memories of the event
- Flashbacks (feeling like the event is happening again)
- Irritability or outbursts of anger
- Hypervigilance (on constant alert)
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Feeling intense distress when reminded of the trauma
- Intense physical reactions like pounding heart, sweating, nausea
- Avoiding activities, places, thoughts that remind you of the trauma
- Inability to remember aspects of the trauma
- Feeling detached from others and emotionally numb
The FEAP Trauma Program provides education of natural trauma reactions in the brain and supports resiliency and the use of healthy coping skills. This extended service is unique to general EAP programs and has been proven to significantly reduce or eliminate the PTSD symptoms of employees who have experienced trauma.
The sooner the symptoms which emerge from trauma are confronted, the easier it is to overcome. This Trauma service offers mechanisms to allow stabilization and promote healing. We also provide a bridge to community resources and practices which can further the transformation from survive to thrive.