Adults and children of all ages and backgrounds can be impacted by trauma. People respond to unexpected or prolonged trauma in different ways. While some are able to overcome the trauma, others relive the same memories over the course of weeks, months, or even years. This can take a severe toll on life physically, spiritually, and mentally.
If left untreated, the symptoms may develop into Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD can occur as a result of unexpected and extreme stress incidents, such as natural disasters, violent crimes, or the sudden death of a loved one. Chronic stress over a long period of time, such as physical or sexual abuse, military combat, human trafficking, or dysfunctional relationships from childhood can also result in PTSD.
But trauma does not have to define you. There are multiple ways to address the negative effects of trauma, freeing you from the prison you may feel you live within.
Relaxation and Mindfulness Training
Relaxation and mindfulness training helps to deal with negative emotions and live in the present. This can include trauma-informed yoga.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (also known as ACT) is an intervention based on six core therapeutic processes: acceptance, cognitive defusion, being present, self as context, values, and committed action. ACT combines acceptance and mindfulness approaches with commitment and behavioral change approaches to promote psychological flexibility in clients. With ACT, individuals are encouraged to change their relationship with difficult emotions and to allow for their behaviors to be guided by core values. ACT has an evidence base for use with anxiety, OCD, and related disorders.
Certain medications can help with the traumatic symptoms and our psychologists can make appropriate referrals to psychiatrists and other MDs as needed.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a form of behavior therapy. Therapists help their patients identify behaviors and attitudes that reflect negatively on their lives. Patients then work to replace these negative attitudes with positive ones. Patients will often utilize these new skills in their daily lives.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. EMDR therapy is a treatment using eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation). It has been proven as the gold-standard in trauma therapy treatment.
Group therapy is beneficial because it shows that patients are not alone in their struggles. By being in a supportive and safe environment, group members become more comfortable sharing their stories and helping others through the trauma. Register today!