Witnessing Trauma

Witnessing trauma can be as difficult as experiencing it and can cause trauma symptoms. Witnessing occurs through media reports of traumatic events, community violence, watching a loved one suffer from trauma, and being unable to help someone in danger. The video below talks about how community violence harms youth:

What can you do to take care of yourself when exposed to trauma? Limiting exposure is important, including avoiding replays of traumatic events on TV. Acknowledging the harmful effects of exposure is also important and allows us to use self care to calm and nurture ourselves. Talking to others about our feelings is helpful. Finally, doing something to help those in need can be a way to heal from exposure to trauma.


About Dr. Ann Goelitz

Dr. Goelitz is a writer and a scholar with a wide scope of clinical experience, ranging from working with trauma survivors after September 11th to her role as a psychiatric social worker at a top New York hospital. For the past ten plus years, she has specialized in her private practice on cognitive behavioral therapy, dream analysis, and EMDR, helping clients navigate transitions and heal from trauma and loss. A seasoned educator, she has done extensive public speaking, published numerous articles, and co-authored an award winning resource directory for caregivers. Her soon-to-be published book, From trauma to healing, has received endorsement and accolades from leaders in the field of trauma. Her latest writing projects include a book on how to cope with stress written with both laypeople and professionals in mind. She has taught at Columbia University and Hunter College.
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