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Psychologists offer help for coping with trauma after Thousand Oaks shooting

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Posted at 6:51 PM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-28 12:25:46-05

Survivors of the Thousand Oaks shooting are still processing what happened inside that bar. Even those who were not at the shooting can experience grief and its important to get help.

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"There's some hesitancy maybe to reach out and ask for help feeling like that makes them not as strong as they want to be but what's important is to know is that anyone is impacted. Anyone can be impacted by what occurred and it's expected," said Terri Keener, behavioral health coordinator. 

If someone is having a difficult time coping, here are some things that can help:

  • Reach out.
  • Talk to someone who is understanding and cares about you.
  • You can also seek counseling.
  • If you are struggling, counseling can offer some coping strategies.
  • It is also important to stay in a normal routine as much as possible.
  • Even if you don't feel like it, go back to work, to school and try to carry on with your usual chores.  
  • And don't hide from your feelings.

"Of course we want to feel those feelings. If we didn't feel those feelings then I'd start to worry. And then we pull together and we remind each other that we're strong and we're going to be there for each other," said clinical psychologist Michelle Paul.