Trauma Informed Therapy
Processing trauma can be a painful and challenging experience. However, with the right form of care suited to your needs, you can live a joyful, happier, and lighter life.
What Is Trauma Informed Therapy?
Trauma-informed therapy is a form of counselling that focusses on trauma, it’s signs and effects in one’s life.
Often, one walks into therapy for anxiety, relationship issues, or struggles with self-esteem. However, there could be trauma underlying some of these symptoms. Trauma-informed therapy not just looks into one’s present patterns, but it also looks into the painful, challenging, and difficult life events that may have created subconscious and unhealthy patterns in an individual that are now contributing to the present symptoms.
In this way trauma informed therapy can resolve many of our current issues by actually addressing their root.
Benefits Of Opting For Trauma Informed Therapy
Increases awareness of your emotional patterns
Through trauma-informed therapy you become more aware of your emotional patterns, triggers, and tendencies. You understand more about the nature of trauma you have experienced. Many individuals who have experienced trauma are often unaware of the link between their present-life difficulties and past trauma. Therefore, trauma-informed therapy helps you by helping establish this link clearly and recognize when it manifests in day to day life.
Helps You Feel Safe
Experiencing and witnessing painful scary events can often make you feel disconnected and numb from other people, your emotions, and your own body. Through trauma-informed therapy, your therapist becomes a safe person in whose presence you can witness, unpack, and process the fears that would otherwise terrify you.
Brings Ease to your Traumatic Symptoms
Traumatic symptoms can cause a great amount of distress to the nervous system. Therefore, a trauma-informed therapist can help you regulate your nervous system. This brings more ease to the body and mind, and can help you manage your concerns. It also helps you feel more calm and relaxed when going through difficult situations.
Helps You Learn Healthy Coping Strategies
A trauma-informed therapist can help you learn healthy coping strategies to manage your triggers and emotions. Counsellors trained in trauma therapy can help you understand your responses to triggering events, and can teach you helpful, healthy tools to manage them.
Things To Consider Before Starting Trauma Informed Therapy
- If you are seeking for trauma-informed therapy, it is always helpful to ask for a trauma-informed counselor. If you are confused whether your therapist is trained to help you with trauma, you can ask them. This is because not all therapists are trauma-informed, therefore, asking your therapist shall provide you clarity on the type of care you will be receiving.
- Understanding the type of trauma informed therapy your therapist uses. There are various approaches to treating trauma. For example, some therapists are somatic therapists, which means they understand and treat trauma that is stored in the body. Other therapists may use techniques such as EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and so on.
- Understand the types of trauma and clients your therapist has worked previously with.
- It can be an emotionally challenging form of therapy. Trauma-informed therapy can be challenging as you are exploring painful memories of traumatic experiences. Therefore, preparing for your sessions with a warm, comforting drink and relaxing after your sessions can be helpful.
What Are The Symptoms Of Trauma?
The nervous system is like a guard that watches out for threats. During a traumatic experience, the nervous system alerts the brain and the body to respond to the threat. When there is no danger, the nervous system relaxes, the body feels safe, and at ease. However, in case trauma, the nervous system may lose its ability to feel safe, or many unrelated and typically unthreatening situations may trigger the feeling of being unsafe.
Trauma can be a single event, or it can happen over a long span of time. Since there are multiple forms of trauma, there can be multiple responses to it. However most trauma symptoms can be broadly categorized as follows:
- Sleep Disorders
- Panic Attacks
- Getting Startled Easily
- Body-image Issues
- Self-esteem Issues
- Relationship Issues
- Difficulty managing emotions
- Shame & Guilt
If you are someone who has experienced, or is experiencing trauma, both identifying and managing these symptoms alone can be exhausting and difficult. Trauma-informed therapy can create a safe space that can help you identify and manage trauma symptoms.
What To Do If You Are Not Ready For Trauma Informed Therapy
If getting started with therapy for trauma sounds daunting, that is completely normal. It is always best to start therapy when you are ready. Until then, you can focus on learning more about trauma through articles, books, and blogs. We have compiled a few blogs and free resources that you can use to learn more about trauma.
How We Can Help You Find The Right Trauma Informed Therapist
Our trauma-informed psychologists are qualified to help people work through their difficulties arising from trauma. We work with individuals across different populations and use an eclectic range of trauma therapies such as Somatic Therapy, EMDR, and Mindfulness and Meditation-based approaches, depending on the need and comfort of the clients.
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FAQs for Online Counseling and Therapy
If you have experienced trauma, and you are keen on working with issues affecting your well-being, then trauma therapy can be a great option to address and manage these concerns.
The duration for trauma therapy can differ depending on the therapeutic modality, type, and severity of the trauma. Sometimes a particular trauma may result in a great deal of unhealthy patterns in life such as addictions or other long standing patterns . In such cases the therapy will definitely requre more time. In other cases the impact of trauma may be limited to one area or requires for one particular difficulty to be handled in therapy. This may also result in shorter therapy time.
Trauma therapy places focus on the trauma that you have experienced instead of focussing on merely your thoughts and emotions. It aims to re-establish a sense of safety and process the trauma to alleviate the present-day challenges you are experiencing.
Trauma therapy isn’t just for those with PTSD. Many individuals carry trauma without even realizing it. Therefore, if you feel like your life has been impacted by some childhood event, or if you are concerned about something you are going through in the present, you may want to seek trauma-informed therapy.