Trauma therapy is a unique and effective therapy method explicitly developed to treat trauma. It has been used by doctors, hospitals, therapists, and Counseling Centers for decades to help people heal and recover their lives.
Trauma therapy can benefit those suffering severe emotional and physical trauma, such as sexual abuse, assault, or domestic violence.
How Trauma Affects The Brain?
Trauma is a severe issue for those who suffer from it. It can lead to anxiety and depression, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This can be difficult for the person who has survived trauma and their loved ones.
The brain’s limbic system is responsible for storing traumatic memories so that they can be accessed when needed. The hippocampus is one of the areas of the brain involved in accumulating this information.
When someone experiences trauma, the hippocampus can be injured or damaged, which means they have difficulty remembering traumatic events.
Types of Trauma Therapy
There are four main types of Trauma Therapy:
- Prolonged exposure (PE)
Prolonged exposure (PE) involves having a person relive their traumatic experience by confronting it in small increments, allowing them to get used to it gradually.
The goal is for them to eventually be able to handle more and more challenging situations as they go along.
- Cognitive processing therapy (CPT)
Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a type of trauma therapy that helps you understand and change how you think about a traumatic experience. During CPT, your therapist will help you identify the meaning of your trauma and work through the emotions associated with it.
- Trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT)
Trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT) is a type of therapy that focuses on the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Unlike other forms of psychotherapy, TF-CBT does not focus on the past or present—it focuses solely on one’s reactions to traumatic events.
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
Trauma therapy treats trauma symptoms, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is often used to treat PTSD in veterans but can also treat other types of trauma.
Goals of Trauma Therapy
Trauma therapy is a form of counseling that helps people overcome trauma’s emotional and physical effects. It’s often used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health conditions.
Trauma therapy focuses on helping clients understand how their experiences have affected them physically, mentally, and emotionally. It can be done in groups or one-on-one sessions.
The ultimate goal of trauma therapy is to improve a person’s quality of life by helping them cope with current problems and prevent future ones from occurring.
Benefits of Trauma Therapy
There are many benefits to trauma therapy, some of them are:
- It helps people address their feelings about a traumatic event and come to terms with it.
- It assists them in understanding how they became traumatized and what they need to do to prevent further trauma.
- It teaches them skills they can use when they experience another traumatic event in their lives.
- It helps them avoid reliving past traumas through flashbacks or nightmares, which can be very distressing.
Trauma therapy can be a powerful and effective form of treatment. But for most cases, it is recommended as a supplemental form of support to help you cope in a healthy way rather than a full-fledged treatment all on its own.
Traumatic events will, unfortunately, happen from time to time. If and when they do, remember that you are not alone.
There are many ways to cope with and heal from traumas, large and small, and one of them should work for you!