What is trauma?
Trauma is defined as an emotional response to a physically- and/or emotionally-threatening or harmful event. Traumatic events are those such as an accident, rape, sudden death of a loved one, or natural disaster.
Responses to traumatic events vary significantly among people. Some of the common results include:
Substance abuse problems
Altered sleep patterns
Changes in appetite
Feelings of sadness, anger, fear, and shame
A traumatic experience can shake your reality, impacting your beliefs about yourself, others, and the world. It can disrupt your previous schemas, thoughts, and plans. You might believe that others can’t be trusted, you are tainted, or the world is not safe place.
Many times, trauma can be derived from interpersonal relationships; these often include long-term abusive relationships, childhood abuse (physical/ sexual/emotional abuse), or childhood neglect. Ultimately, trauma caused by people is usually more difficult to cope with.
How to cope with trauma
Trauma often causes difficulties in relationships with others or your relationship with yourself. Trauma can evolve over time, manifesting as depression, anxiety, and/or low self-esteem. Unhealed trauma can look like codependency or a low sense of self-worth; alternatively, it may instigate feelings of shame, fear, or difficulty with setting boundaries.
When dealing with this issue, you may feel as though you should have overcome your past trauma due to the time that has passed. However, it is crucial to recognize that time alone doesn’t heal traumatic wounds. Individuals experiencing trauma highly benefit from working with a therapist, or undergoing therapy that is trauma-focused or trauma-informed.
Therapy for Trauma
Evidence-based therapies has been found to be very effective in reducing the effects of trauma. We have professional Acceptance and Commitment Therapy training for trauma. We will use this professional experience to provide you a safe, secure place to tell your story and process your trauma. Moreover, we can help you develop tools to cope with the effects of trauma, helping you gain new behavioral skills to overcome those symptoms. Together, we can work on reframing negative thinking, negative core beliefs, and destructive thought patterns. We can also work on rebuilding a healthy relationship with yourself, your partner, your family, and others. With our specialized therapy knowledge, we can help you traverse through your healing journey.
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