Trauma is a psychological response to a stressful event, physical injury or disturbing experience.
What does that mean to you?
Trauma can be a result of a variety of events and can be caused by a single experience or a culmination of repeated distressing events.
You might notice both psychological and physiological (mental and physical) symptoms that can result from having experienced or witnessed traumatic events.
Some people report feelings of panic, increased fearfulness, restlessness or irritation, paranoia, difficulty in relationships, troubling memories of the event or people involved, and/or difficulty sleeping or eating.
Everyone experiences emotions differently, so someone else experiencing trauma may experience sadness, low self-esteem, isolation from family or friends, tearfulness or feeling numb.
None of these symptoms are abnormal and are your body's ways of signaling that help is needed.
What can you do?
Therapy for trauma is not easy, but can be incredibly beneficial for treating the symptoms of trauma. When attending therapy for trauma, you and your therapist should ensure that you are in a safe and comfortable space so you get every benefit from the session.
During the session your therapist might use a variety of methods designed to assist in not only processing the trauma, but also gaining tools that assist in distress tolerance and coping with the responses to the trauma. Some common interventions include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Behavior therapy, or psychodynamic therapy. It’s our job to figure out the best method for you.
Experiencing trauma can be a very isolating experience, but you do not have to do it alone. Reach out to one of our trained therapists to begin the process of healing, we would love to walk through this journey with you.