Trauma and crisis counseling
Mary was in a trauma because she has been involved in three fatal car accidents. This caused her to develop fear over cars as each time she remembers the images and how she was unable to walk for five weeks after the first accident. When people drove her somewhere even if they were slow she was inclined to see potential accidents everywhere. When her husband drove first to a social engagement as they were late it was too much for her and she started crying. Because of her trauma when she has been told that she is being moved from her desk job to street policing she has got frightened. She is panicking because she has terror of being a passenger in a car and she wants nothing to do with police cars.
Mary’s case fits the criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because of the symptoms exhibited. The major symptom is the flashbacks she keeps having whenever she is in a car. She keeps remembering how the police car rammed into the wall and she imagines it will happen to her again when she gets in a police car. When her husband was driving full speed she started crying because she remembered how it all happened. Also she says when other people drive her she was inclined to see potential accidents everywhere as she kept having the flash backs. Another symptom she has is survivor guilt; she feels if she was the one driving the accidents could not have happened. This has made her feel safe only when she is the one behind the wheel. She feels guilty because she could have done something and prevented the accidents from happening (Levers, 2012).
Mary is also exhibiting the symptom of disbelief. She doesn’t believe that she survived all the three accidents and this gives her emotional disturbances. She keeps thinking of how she survived and how she could have prevented the accidents. Mary has also lost hope as she doesn’t think she can go back to the streets in a police car. She is panicking because she has no...