Trauma is different for everyone. Even so, it has far-reaching consequences. For some, it leads to relationship troubles, eating disorders, and addiction. What is trauma therapy, and how could it help you today?
One person’s trauma may not be traumatic to another. Trauma is relative, so it all depends on the individual. Most people equate sexual assault, combat experience, the death of a loved one, and similar situations with a basis for trauma. That said, it might have been something else for you.
It’s impossible to tell what could cause trauma in your life. Most importantly, you may have suffered it and not realize it. However, you do know that you’re dealing with its aftermath.
What Is Trauma Therapy?
During trauma therapy, you deal with the memories of the traumatic experience. The goal is to work through them with healthy coping mechanisms. Achieving this goal is possible with a broad range of modalities. Examples include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy that encourages the recognition of negative patterns
- Dialectical behavior therapy as a way to gain control over strong emotions
- EMDR therapy to help you work through traumatic experiences in workable chunks
- Individual counseling that encourages you to open up with specialists
- Coping skills development that gives you the opportunity to manage thoughts, emotions, and memories related to trauma
A high-quality trauma therapy program must also focus on possible expressions of the experience. For example, some people try to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. Besides that, you may participate in risky personal behaviors. If you self-medicate, then dealing with the addiction is imperative alongside trauma therapy.
Trauma also comes to light in personal relationships. Your marriage may be suffering due to the effects of your trauma. Similarly, your parenting may not be what you would like it to be. What is trauma therapy if not an opportunity to work on these aspects of your life?
Can’t I Just Overcome Trauma on My Own?
The short answer is no. If you’re already dealing with problems in relationships or with substance abuse, it’s time to get professional assistance. Some people try to get help from peers. Frequently, this doesn’t work because friends may not always understand what you’re going through.
Similarly, you may be dealing with an underlying psychiatric disorder as well. It, too, requires professional intervention to prevent it from worsening. Trying to go it alone won’t let you experience the personal growth that’s possible. Most importantly, it may lead to the loss of relationships.
Should I Bring My Family?
Loved ones have a place in trauma treatment. Although you need to work on your own end of things, they need healing, too. For some, there’s the need for marital counseling. Others need assistance with parenting issues or behavioral problems.
Bringing loved ones with you becomes even more critical if there was physical or verbal abuse in the home. Certainly, if you’re struggling with codependency, it’s vital for your partner to be there. After all, what is trauma therapy but an opportunity to improve your quality of life? Contact Petersen Family Counseling today at 720-513-1401 to schedule your appointment.