Crisis and Trauma Counseling
Hope in the darkest times...
Interpersonal dialogue to bring about positive change
We work with individuals from a wide array of backgrounds, cultures, and age groups, offering support over the entire spectrum of issues and problems, from minor adjustment to life changes to major mental illnesses. No problem is too small or too great for us to offer assistance. We welcome the chance to help you or your loved ones!
Couples or Family Counseling:
Helping effect positive changes to families
When an individual struggles with issues or problems, it can impact the entire family unit. It is often important to engage the family in the process of uncovering and dealing with the factors that negatively impact the family to bring healing and restoration to them as a whole. Life goes by quickly - don't delay in bringing about the peace and happiness your family deserves.
In-Person, Online, or Teleconference
The choice is yours. If you live in or near Knoxville, we recommend support in person. However, if you live elsewhere, we can now meet via video conferences using Skype, GoToMeeting, or teleconferencing. Consider e-Counseling as an alternative to face-to-face meetings.
Traumatic Events Can Leave Invisible Scars
First Responders Face Crisis Situations Regularly
First responders, such as police, fire, ambulance, and other public servants may face life threatening situations in the performance of their jobs or may even face death as they engage in their normal duties. In fact, the motto that is well known in the USCG aviation community is this: You have to go out, but you don't have to come back. In other words, if one or more lives are at stake, regardless of how dangerous the weather conditions or situation, you must try to save the victims, even if it means you may become a rescue case yourself.
If you are a first responder who has looked death in the face and subsequently has trouble dealing with the memories, we can help you. If you wake up at night reliving events that bring back that shocked feeling deep inside, we can assist you in dealing with these recurrences.
Hostile Fire Areas = Extreme Trauma
Over the past decade, thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have served our nation in hostile fire areas around the world. Military members also often place their lives in harms way in the performance of their missions. Soldiers, Marines, and other military members who served in hostile fire zones, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, are constantly on the alert, as they know an improvised explosive device may be just around the corner, a suicide bomber may casually stroll up to them with a smile on his face, a sniper may be on any given rooftop, or a herder that appears friendly may uncover a shoulder fired rocket propelled grenade without warning. These stressful times take their toll on service members and their family members, as is seen in the high number that must receive post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related treatment upon return from theatre. Sometimes military members return to the U.S. and find themselves reliving events of the past, tensing up when they hear sounds that remind them of the dangerous land that they previously served, or reacting to minor issues with extreme responses. Dr. Scoggins has been married to a military service member (now retired) for more than 28 years and, as such, has personally experienced life as a military family member. In addition, she has completed a course of study in Trauma / Crisis Intervention With Military Applications. She has also worked as a Military Family Life Counselor with Military Health Net around the world, including the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Fort Greely, Alaska, Heidelberg, Germany, and more. We can help - see the Military-Focused Counseling page on this site for more information.
Counseling Can Help You Deal With Traumatic Events of the Past
Traumatic experiences can come in many shapes and colors. They can be the result of a sudden, unexpected event, such as a car accident, assault, or man-made or natural disasters, or they can begin early in life and extend over years, as is the case with child abuse and neglect. The majority of Dr. Scoggins patients have been those with a history of trauma. As such, she has extensive experience in helping trauma survivors in the recovery process. Dr. Scoggins has also continued her post-graduate training in the area of trauma recovery in a number of ways, including the use of EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization, and Reprocessing).
Dr. Scoggins worked with Trauma Intervention Programs of Northwest Florida for several years and went on site to homes that were engulfed in flames to assist the families losing all their possessions, to the scene of crimes where loved ones had been killed to assist the grieving family members, to the beaches of Pensacola when people drowned to help the families through their darkest hours. When the earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear crisis devastated Japan in March of 2011, Dr. Scoggins was flown to Tokyo to help people facing the continued threat of aftershocks, nuclear fallout, and possible additional tsunamis. As a volunteer crisis counselor for the American Red Cross, she deployed to Texas when wildfires destroyed tens of thousands of homes to assist those facing that crisis. Dr. Scoggins has lived in cities where tragedy struck, such as in San Francisco when the 7.1 earthquake struck in 1989, winter storms in Alaska in the early '90's in which the winds exceeded 100 miles per hour for days, in Oklahoma City in the mid-'90's when the Federal Building was bombed by Timothy McVey, and in Pensacola in 2004 when Hurricane Ivan, with its 135 mph winds caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to her home. She knows firsthand what it is like to be in a stressful environment and she has the professional training and expertise to help those facing their own crisis situations.