Therapy for Trauma
Various techniques and treatments can be used to help with trauma. Strategies that are suitable for your unique personality, situation or experience can help in various ways, such as:
Reconnecting with a feeling of safety and trust.
Feeling able to move forward.
Re-engaging with life.
Experiencing inner calm and joy.
Whether the traumatic events occurred in childhood or more recently, the impact of these experiences is not something we are usually taught how to resolve. However, people can learn how to cope and manage the impact and symptoms of trauma. For example, this may involve learning to calm ourselves when we experience anxiety, or accessing resources and support when we experience depression or sadness.
In addition to using helpful strategies to manage the symptoms, trauma counselling focuses on resolution of the original emotions, thus establishing a sense of safety.
When undergoing trauma counselling,
re-telling the story of the events may
feel like reliving the event, and feel like
more than we can cope with. However, this
apprehension is understandable, and you can
work through the issues at a pace that feels
comfortable and safe for you.
Specialised counselling techniques help to identify and work through the emotions you may have internalised from the traumatic event, and help you to reconnect with life and relationships in a healthy way.
An overall approach rather than a specific therapeutic technique, trauma-informed counselling involves providing a safe therapeutic environment, a gentle longer-term approach to therapy, and a focus on strengths and resiliency.