How Does Trauma Therapy Work?

Many people will experience trauma at some point in their lifetime. But what is trauma therapy? One of the best things someone could do for themselves if they have experienced trauma, is undergo trauma therapy. A wide variety of experiences can result in trauma. These can include physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, a serious injury, neglect, and even being bullied can result in trauma.

 All of these events can result in physical and emotional responses. Especially when there is some sort of stimuli that could be perceived as a threat. Understanding trauma therapy and how it can help could be a catalyst to begin healing.

What is Trauma Therapy?

Trauma therapy is a form of talk therapy. It addresses any emotional or physical reactions that occur as a result of any traumatic events that may have occurred. Beneficial for PTSD and trauma, undergoing trauma therapy could lead to healing the responses to perceived threats. Additionally, it can help to reduce the amount of impact any trauma that has been experienced has on someone’s life. As a form of talk therapy, there are different forms that can treat and heal a person in order to add to their overall wellbeing.

Types of Trauma Therapy

The forms of trauma therapy used can be extremely beneficial to helping those have experienced an event leading to trauma responses. Because not everyone benefits from one form of trauma therapy, there are multiple options available. These range from cognitive-behavioral therapy to prolonged exposure.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a form of talk therapy beneficial for treating depression and anxiety that could be a result of traumas.  In this form of therapy, the focus is changing thought processes that lead to unhealthy responses and behaviors. These distorted ways of thinking lead to behaviors that are detrimental to daily life. Trauma therapy is essential for being able to change these behaviors that could lead to self-harm and addiction.

Prolonged Exposure (PE)

Prolonged exposure therapy is beneficial for those who suffer from PTSD. This form of therapy involves exposing an individual to the very thing they fear, in order to lessen the effects it has on them. As a result of trauma, someone could begin avoiding things that they feel could lead to harm. For example, someone who has experiences sexual assault could avoid dating for fear of being attacked again. This avoidance is detrimental to healing. Prolonged exposure for trauma therapy is helpful to unlearning these avoidance behaviors. 

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

This form of trauma therapy is beneficial for children and adolescents who have experienced traumas. Children who suffer with PTSD benefit from this form of trauma therapy because it helps to change ways of thinking leading to unhealthy behaviors. Trauma exposure could lead to acting out or isolation in children and adolescents, as they may believe they are to blame for the events that occur. TF-CBT helps to combat this way of thinking.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) 

EMDR trauma therapy is a therapy in which eye movement. It uses rhythmic bilateral stimulation focusing on the trauma in order to effectively reduce the memory’s impact on emotional and physical responses. When the memory of a traumatic event has less of an impact on someone’s life, they can begin to heal and learn healthier coping skills. 

Benefits of Trauma Therapy

What are the benefits of trauma therapy? Well, someone who has experienced trauma, could be experiencing impacts to their overall health and wellbeing. These impacts could make it hard to live day-to-day life without interruptions. Being able to regain control of their life through healing any experienced traumas is one of the major benefits of trauma therapy. Trauma therapy is a way to learn new ways to cope and handle emotional and physical reactions in order to be able to continue living daily life.

These coping skills learned through this form of therapy help those to heal from past traumas, and could help prevent new trauma responses from arising by providing these new skills. The Neuroscience Research Institute offers this beneficial form of therapy. We strive to provide a safe and healing environment. Thus, our on staff team of professionals are trained to help those under our care to learn new and beneficial coping skills. We help them to heal from their past, and gain a sense of confidence so they could begin to live life, and regain control of their lives.

Trauma Therapy Can Help

One of the most beneficial things someone can do for themselves is participate in trauma therapy. Most who have experienced trauma have some impacts on their lives, and those who can and do take advantage of trauma therapy can learn healthier coping skills, and begin to heal. If you or a loved one are struggling with trauma, we can help. At the Neuroscience Research Institute, we offer a safe environment to begin healing.

Call us today, and begin your healing process. 

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