The word trauma is defined in many ways by many people, and can
include experiencing or witnessing accidents, abuse, exposure to war, witnessing frightening events, discrimination, personal betrayal, professional humiliations, medical diagnoses, loss of housing, and death. What makes an event traumatic is the way it changes a person’s outlook on life and one's ability to function. At Sacks Clinical Consulting, we honor the resilience of trauma survivors and work to help clients make meaningful steps from the aftermath of negative experiences.
Traumatic loss of a loved one comes in many forms. Trauma involves the breakdown of basic assumptions about the world, which can occur as a result of the death of a loved one, either from an unexpected death or as reality of an expected loss sets in. At Sacks Clinical we understand that each individual grieves their loss in a unique way. Our trauma and bereavement therapists treat many types of grief and loss by focusing on the personal meaning of events and understanding how this impacts the individual’s current and future functioning. Our providers have experience working with clients who have lost loved ones to violent crime, long-term illness, unexpected accidents, suicide, and sudden health issues
Our approach to working with individuals who have experienced trauma is centered on the impact of the trauma on the individual. To process trauma we collaborate with the client to determine their needs and goals, and progress through a treatment plan to address the impact of the trauma on his or her life. To do this, we listen to the needs of the client and support their process as they make sense of the trauma through therapy. By developing greater awareness, the client is then able to move forward with their life goals as they come to understand that they are not defined strictly by their trauma.