After Paradise: How To Cope – Everyone Reacts Differently/Survivor Guilt/The Importance Of Routine

Dec 27, 2018

Erica Hail hugs her son Jaxon Maloney, 2, while preparing her older children for their first day of school since the Camp Fire destroyed their home, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Yuba City, Calif. The family, who lost their five-bedroom home in Paradise, plans to stay in a hotel room through February.
Credit Noah Berger / AP Photo

If you’re feeling depressed, hopeless or like you can’t stop thinking about what has happened to you, your family, your friends or your neighbors – you’re not alone. It’s important to know that there are a lot of resources out there to help. That includes counselors who are trained in working with people who have experienced trauma. Gerard Lawson is one of those counselors. He’s also the past president of the American Counseling Association and currently a professor of counselor education at Virginia Tech. When asked what he thought Camp Fire survivors needed to know about trauma, the first thing he said was that it’s important they understand that everyone has different responses to a traumatic event.