Learning how to cope, process emotions after shootings

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(KTIV) – For many, it is becoming more and more difficult to emotionally process what seems to be an endless barrage of shootings in our country.

Overnight 12 people were killed in a club in California after a gunman walked in and opened fire before taking his own life.

KTIV spoke with Kelsey Sigler, a mental health therapist with Family Wellness Associates, on Thursday.

“Circumstances like this one (in California) are really hard to process because they create a lot of fear,” said Sigler. “And that fear is a very reasonable response to traumatic situations like this. On top of that, it fractures our sense of safety, not only within our own lives but within our communities that we have grown to feel very safe in. So part of coping with that is recognizing not only those feelings you are experiencing for yourself but understanding that there are many uncontrolables in these situations.”

Sigler said it is important to doing something positive with what you can recognize you can control, like teaching others about safety.

 

Stella Daskalakis

Stella Daskalakis

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