Trauma is an experience or situation that causes pain and distress. Many events that can cause trauma, including abuse, accidents, natural disasters, assault, violence, significant loss, witnessing abuse or death, abandonment and more. Trauma challenges our safety and well-being as it can be a life-altering experience. Oftentimes, many trauma clients feel disconnected from the people and the world around them.
Symptoms of Trauma
As a consequence of a traumatic event, there is a possibility of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Here are common symptoms of PTSD:
- Intrusive memories
- Feelings of fear, horror, anger, guilt or shame
- Detachment from others
- Irritable or aggressive behavior
- Sleep and/or appetite problems
If you’ve experienced trauma, you may or may not develop PTSD. However, many people find themselves struggling significantly following trauma. Individuals have reported trouble functioning at work, difficulty with family and friends, and/or problems with everyday living. People have also shared that they have questioned the purpose of their lives, following a traumatic event.
Therapy Approaches to Help you Heal From Trauma
At Grief Recovery Center, we provide a safe and therapeutic environment to help you heal from the trauma. Though there are many different types of traumatic events, we can help clients learn new skills to cope with the symptoms of trauma. We strive to work with each client to reestablish a sense of safety and control in their lives. Evidence-based methods, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are a common form of therapy used to help trauma clients. CBT is provided by a licensed therapist and focuses on an individual’s cognitions and behaviors, in relation to the trauma. This type of therapy is used to help clients identify disruptive cognitions, which will help to modify the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to the trauma. It is also common for the therapist to educate clients on PTSD to increase knowledge and awareness.
Throughout therapy, the client and therapist work together to explore how the trauma has impacted areas of the client’s life. Trauma therapy also focuses on how to regulate their lives, better understand themselves, and adjust to the traumatic experience.
In addition to therapy, if the client is assessed for PTSD and reports symptoms, a licensed therapist can make a recommendation to a medical professional. Often, a trauma client will incorporate a variety of treatment modalities including therapy, psychotropic medications, and group support.
Contact Grief Recovery Center to schedule a free phone consultation by calling us at (832) 413-2410 today.