Do You Feel Like Past Trauma Is Holding You Back In Life?
Have you felt “stuck” since experiencing a traumatic event? Are you having trouble managing your responsibilities because you’re trying to avoid reminders of your trauma? Does it seem like your trauma has stopped you from growing and making positive changes?
Maybe you’re struggling to process familial trauma that has affected your relationships with your loved ones. Perhaps you’ve suffered from medical trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic. Or maybe you survived domestic violence or sexual assault. No matter what you’ve been through, trauma can negatively affect every area of your life.
Trauma Can Impact Your Mental And Physical Health
Perhaps you’ve suffered from panic attacks and your fear of experiencing another one prevents you from living your life as normal. Maybe you’ve been dealing with mysterious aches and pains that began after your traumatic experience. You might be burdened by symptoms of depression or anxiety that are related to your trauma.
Maybe you suspect that your trauma is rooted in complicated, unhealthy family dynamics. You may have witnessed these patterns play out in your family over several generations and you don’t know how to make a difference. Perhaps you feel like these toxic relationships have left you with no energy to attend to your own personal needs.
If you’re longing to finally move forward after living through trauma, a therapist can give you the support you need. Through trauma therapy, you can process the complex emotions connected to your trauma and find lasting healing.
Many People Struggle To Recover From Trauma
Lots of people who have lived through trauma and experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) feel like they’re alone in their experiences, but trauma is far more common than we realize. Most types of trauma occur because of toxic emotional dynamics in families or relationships. Some people suffer from trauma after living through physical violence. Furthermore, some forms of trauma often go unrecognized, such as financial trauma - living in poverty can be a truly debilitating experience that affects people even if they eventually become financially secure.
Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic was a traumatic experience for countless people. Many people suffered severe symptoms and were hospitalized and millions of others lost loved ones to this disease. Doctors and nurses who cared for patients often experienced severe burnout and depression.
It Can Be Difficult To Overcome Trauma Without Support
People may be hesitant to speak up about what happened to them because trauma survivors are often dismissed as overdramatic. They might be told that their experiences were “not that bad” and that lots of people have gone through the same thing. This is a particularly common experience for victims of domestic violence or assault—people often leap to the abuser’s defense.
Sometimes, when an individual tries to set healthy boundaries after a traumatic experience, other people will push back. This reaction can make it extremely difficult to overcome trauma on your own - without coping skills and a healthy sense of self-worth, it is not easy to advocate for yourself.
In trauma therapy, your experiences will not be minimized. Your counselor will help you process your emotions in a healthy way and provide you with the tools you need to move beyond your trauma.
Therapy Can Help You Heal After Living Through Trauma
Perhaps you’re afraid to open up about your trauma to a stranger, especially if people have downplayed your experiences in the past. At Reveal and Restore Counseling, your therapist will never invalidate your trauma or judge you for what you choose to share. You can enjoy peace of mind knowing that you will be heard and supported.
What To Expect In Trauma Therapy Sessions
During your first session, your therapist will ask about your personal history of trauma. You will not be rushed to share every detail of your experiences with your therapist right away. You can move at your own pace and open up when you feel comfortable.
In subsequent sessions, your counselor will help you explore the roots of your stressors and why they cause emotional reactions. You’ll also delve into how trauma has affected your core beliefs and why changing these core beliefs is crucial for shifting your perspective.
To help you continue your work outside of sessions, your therapist will also assign you weekly homework. You’ll be encouraged to track intrusive negative thoughts and feelings and then use the techniques you learned in therapy to shift your perspective.
Treatment Approaches For Trauma Therapy
At Reveal & Restore Counseling, we take several different approaches to treating PTSD. Your personal treatment plan will depend on your unique needs and your specific goals for therapy.
We often apply trauma-informed Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy techniques in counseling, which enables you to begin rewriting your thought patterns. By adopting more positive beliefs, you’ll be able to make beneficial behavioral changes, too.
If appropriate, your counselor might also work with you on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or brainspotting therapy. EMDR involves using bilateral stimulation, like tapping and side-to-side eye movements, to help you process and release the physical sensations related to trauma. Brainspotting is a form of PTSD treatment that allows your therapist to identify unprocessed trauma through eye positions so that you can release pain that you’ve been holding on to.
Additionally, you’ll work on skills that will help you navigate daily life and deal with stressors that you might encounter. For example, your therapist will teach you practices like thought-stopping to break negative thought cycles.
Many people fear that they can never truly heal from a traumatic experience. But with the right support and resources, you are more than capable of overcoming what happened to you. If you are ready to make a change, healing is within your reach.
But You May Still Have Questions About Trauma Therapy…
What if I can’t afford trauma counseling?
At Reveal & Restore Counseling, we know that many people put off seeking therapy because of their finances. We understand your concerns, which is why we aim to make therapy accessible for all of our clients. We accept out-of-pocket fees, which are often affordable for clients without insurance. Furthermore, we use a sliding-scale fee system to accommodate clients at all income levels.
How long will I need to stay in counseling?
Everyone’s healing process is different and there is no specific number of sessions that you’ll need to attend. Ultimately, the amount of time you spend in counseling will depend on your goals, your needs, and your willingness to commit to healing. Regardless of how long therapy takes, it’s vital to be patient with yourself—no one can heal from trauma overnight.
When can I expect to see improvements?
When it comes to healing from trauma, there is no deadline. Your therapist will provide you with the support and tools you need to heal. However, your progress will depend on your dedication to the work. If you put in effort during each session and complete your weekly homework assignments outside of therapy, you may start to see improvements in your symptoms after only a few sessions.