Trauma Specialist

Robert Jaffe, Ph.D, LMFT -  - Psychotherapist

Robert Jaffe, Ph.D, LMFT

Psychotherapist located in Encino, CA

Trauma is an emotional reaction to a distressing or disturbing event or situation, making you feel unsafe or helpless. Though no single person reacts to trauma, in the same way, getting professional help from Robert Jaffe, Ph.D, LMFT, for trauma may speed up your recovery. Dr. Jaffe specializes in treating trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Call the office in Encino, California, or schedule an appointment online today.

Trauma Q&A

What is trauma?

Trauma is an emotional response triggered by any event that threatens your physical or emotional well-being. These events may include accidents, natural disasters, physical abuse, or the loss of a loved one.

Trauma may cause you to feel helpless or overwhelmed. These feelings may persist and worsen over time, leading to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Dr. Jaffe provides trauma therapy. Getting support following a traumatic event may help you understand the emotions brought on by your trauma and develop coping mechanisms that improve your quality of life. 

What causes trauma?

Many people think trauma and mental health conditions like PTSD develop from a single terrible event like a natural disaster or serious car accident. However, any situation that makes you feel unsafe or overwhelmed may cause trauma.

Common causes of trauma include:

One-time event

An accident, injury, or violent attack are examples of one-time events that trigger trauma. Your emotional response to these one-time events may be worse when they occur unexpectedly.

Ongoing stress

Ongoing or repeated exposure to stressful situations may also trigger trauma. These might include bullying, physical abuse, or neglect. 

Emotionally traumatizing events

Emotionally traumatizing events, such as surgery, the unexpected death of a loved one, or the end of a relationship, also cause trauma. 

What are the symptoms of trauma?

Trauma causes emotional and physical symptoms. However, the type and severity of symptoms may depend on the underlying event triggering your trauma. 

Symptoms of trauma may include:

  • Anger, fear, or shame
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Guilt
  • Hopeless
  • Irritable
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Feeling jumpy

PTSD symptoms may also include flashbacks or nightmares, as well as avoidance behaviors (avoiding people, places, or events that remind you of the trauma). 

How does therapy help trauma?

Therapy is the first step of trauma treatment. Dr. Jaffe is a trauma-focused therapist who takes a holistic and integrative approach to care.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Jaffe listens intently to your story to determine what areas he wants to focus on during therapy. During your therapy sessions, Dr. Jaffe customizes care to meet your individual needs. 

He specializes in many types of psychotherapy and may use one or a combination of therapies so he can best address your mental and emotional needs. In addition, Dr. Jaffe has expert training in clinical hypnosis and may include this treatment as part of your therapy to ease anxiety and stress. 

Trauma can have a long-lasting effect on your life. To learn techniques to help you cope with your trauma, call the office of Robert Jaffe, Ph.D, LMFT, or schedule an appointment online today.