Trauma can assume many different forms and doesn't always mean you have been a victim of abuse or assault, however this is a common misperception. Trauma is directly related to fear and anxiety and can refer to any event that disrupts your sense of safety and stability. It is emotionally painful or distressing and disrupts your ability to cope, leaving you feeling powerless. This can begin to impact your relationships, health, and behavior.
Trauma that often leads to symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Assault
- Verbal Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Witnessing Violence
- Domestic Abuse
More subtle and insidious forms of trauma:
- Exposure to drug abuse/alcoholism
Other traumatic events:
- Divorce or a bad break-up
- Loss of a loved one
- Witnessing a disturbing event, such as a car crash
- Natural disasters
- Other unexpected or shocking life events
How can trauma therapy help?
Being that trauma disrupts our nervous system's ability to return to homeostasis, trauma therapy often focuses on building a stronger relationship between the body and mind. Movement and breath practices, in addition to mindfulness techniques, are integral to the process of healing from past traumas. This is accomplished using Body-Oriented/Somatic Therapy.
Internal Family Systems is another approach used to treat trauma, which focuses on the belief that each of us is made up of different parts (or "sub-personalities") that function as an internal community. This particular approach combines elements from different schools of psychology into an integrative model.
Clients who have participated in trauma therapy report less anxiety and fear, a decrease in self-blame/guilt/shame, greater connectedness to others, less hypervigilance, and a decrease in anger and mood swings.
Therapist focusing on trauma therapy: Laura Kacere
Complete the form below to begin trauma therapy today!