Living with trauma is a difficult and painful reality for many. Past experiences, while very influential, do not need to define the future however. Paving your path forward is not always easy to do on your own. If you live with trauma that seems to overpower your life’s course, working with a trauma counselor can make all the difference.
Trauma therapy has been used by many to cope with the harsh realities they might have lived through. Trauma therapists use proven approaches to help individuals process traumatic events that have occurred in their life, as well as their emotional and behavioral responses. This type of therapy helps change lives by providing individuals with strategies to process and handle memories that are directly related to traumatic events. If you have experienced
Who Can Seek Trauma Therapy?
Seeking trauma therapy is the first step to maintaining your mental health and coping with extreme situations you may have lived through. Trauma causes an extreme amount of stress to the brain which leads to very real damage to the psyche, making it difficult to function normally for years afterwards. Trauma comes in all forms and while there isn’t a definitive answer to what exactly trauma is or what it looks like, anyone who has been left with shockwaves or post-traumatic stress from a large life event should seek trauma therapy. Unlike other forms of therapy, trauma therapy uses proven methods such as EMDR, cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior therapy, and more to help cope with shocking, big events. Trauma therapy is for anyone who has experienced a traumatic event, or series of events, and does not want these events to continue to define their life choices.
The Importance of Processing Trauma
Many who experience trauma do not understand the importance of seeking help during and/or after the event. In a previous blog post, The Importance of Processing Trauma, we discussed how trauma affected people in exhibiting emotional, physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, and developmental reactions that hinder their emotional and physical wellbeing. Prolonging recovery by not seeking help can lead to increased problems and unhealthy future development. Shock, anxiety and even denial sometimes follow these traumatic events and if emotions are not handled correctly, these intense events can lead to PTSD and depression.
Processing through trauma can help to make sense of situations, provide support, and handle new emotions that have come from the event. Trauma therapy uses different tactics to help people feel safe as they learn to cope with their newfound emotions. Trauma-focused, these tactics help guide people in understanding their emotions in order to relieve anxiety and negative thoughts as they cope with their new reality.
Seeking trauma therapy is the first step to overcoming the damage that trauma can leave on a life. Working with a trained therapist will not only help you handle your emotions and behaviors moving forward, but it will help you make more sense of the past. Learn more about Sample Therapy’s trauma services in Longmont, Colorado here.