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Trauma Therapy

Has Unresolved Trauma Impacted Your World View?

Does trauma negatively affect your physical health and mental well-being? Is it difficult for you to form close connections with others or establish a sense of safety? As a result of trauma, do you use numbing behaviors to avoid painful emotions that never get fully addressed or acknowledged?

Perhaps you never feel completely at ease and always keep one eye on the exit. No matter what is happening in the present, you might feel that at any moment, the past will come flooding back, causing you to reexperience the fear and helplessness you felt.

Because you can never predict when or how you may get restimulated, you might go out of your way to avoid situations where you are not in control of your surroundings. Immersing yourself in work throughout the day and self-medicating at night might be your coping mechanisms of choice. However, these behaviors only serve to mask the uncomfortable emotions that threaten to rise to the surface.

Your Physical Health And Relationships May Be Impacted

In addition to emotional stressors, you might also experience physical ailments, such as IBS, autoimmune disorders, fibromyalgia, eating disorders, or chronic headaches. You might suffer from panic attacks when faced with stressful situations or get flooded with intrusive thoughts without warning.

Because you may struggle with trust, perhaps you keep yourself at an emotional distance from others. Or maybe internalized shame and low self-worth cause you to enter one-sided relationships where you end up giving more than you get and are persistently terrified of abandonment. Sadly, the loneliness and disconnection you feel affect your view of the world and your place in it.

If you are ready to shed the heavy cloak of trauma, therapy can help. With our integrated approach to treating trauma and complex PTSD, Trauma Resolution Therapy (TRT) offers evidence-based treatments tailored to your needs.

Trauma Can Result From Both Big And Small Experiences

Trauma is a common human experience. Results from the 2016 World Mental Health Survey Consortium found that “over 70 percent of respondents reported a traumatic event.” [1] The most commonly reported events were “Witnessing death or serious injury, the unexpected death of a loved one, being mugged, being in a life-threatening automobile accident, and experiencing a life-threatening illness or injury.” [1] As a result of trauma, “1 in 13 individuals will develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in their lifetime. [2] Life-threatening events such as these—known as “Big T” traumas—can be psychologically damaging in and of themselves. However, in recent decades, we have learned more about the devastating effects of complex PTSD (CPTSD). Defined as prolonged, repeated trauma, such as childhood or domestic abuse, CPTSD can impact emotional regulation, memory, self-esteem, relationships with others, and sense of self. [3]

“Little T” Traumas Can Also Be Emotionally And Physically Damaging

We often lack awareness of how subtler forms of “Little T” trauma can also impact our long-term mental health and physical wellness. Significant relational ruptures—either in childhood or as adults—where we felt scapegoated, humiliated, dismissed, teased, or exploited can leave an emotional imprint on us. Additionally, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), such as the death of a pet, moving homes, or changing schools can become lodged in our physiology and our felt experience. When it comes to effective trauma therapy, gaining knowledge about your experience does not always lead to healing. An analytical approach might have concluded that what happened to you wasn’t your fault without fundamentally changing how you feel. Taking a more body-centered, and emotionally integrated approach to therapy is often the path to true healing and resolution of complex PTSD and acute trauma.

Therapy Can Help You Come To Terms With Your Trauma

Trauma can disrupt every aspect of your life—biologically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. Unfortunately, even after years of talk therapy and medication, if you are not receiving the right kind of treatment, the impact of trauma may still linger. Despite understanding why trauma negatively affects you, perhaps you haven’t yet discovered how to create shifts in perspective that foster true healing.

Integrative trauma therapy incorporates a well-rounded treatment approach that addresses mind, body, and spirit to ensure you experience comprehensive relief. As a specialist in treating trauma, your counselor is well-trained in modalities that can help you achieve emotional balance and physical well-being.

What To Expect From Trauma Counseling

Your trauma therapist will create a safe environment for you to do the work, holding space for you where you feel supported and willing to be vulnerable. This involves providing you with resources and tools to manage the emotions you may have been trying to avoid whenever they resurface. For many clients, it may feel safer to be at home during therapy while for others we offer a safe and supportive in-person environment.

Outside of sessions, you will have access to guided meditations and homework to help foster the continuing process of trauma resolution. Psychoeducation can help you better understand if the high levels of stress or health problems you may be experiencing are either due to nervous system over- or under-regulation that causes physical symptoms and emotional disruption.

We Integrate Both A Top-Down And Bottom-Up Approach To Trauma and PTSD Treatment

We utilize a series of evidence-based practices to support you throughout trauma therapy. Our goal is to help you gain stability and maintain emotional regulation throughout the process. Along with Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma and complex PTSD (CPTSD) treatment, in therapy, we also draw from both top-down and bottom-up modalities, which may include:
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Trauma-informed mindfulness
  • Guided meditation trauma healing
  • Neuroscience psychoeducation and
  • Emotional intelligence.
In conjunction with each other, integrating a “top-down” cognitive approach with a “bottom-up” body-based approach can achieve better results. We aim to not only help the mind address negative core beliefs but also allow the body to identify and release tension and stress. When the mind and body are connected and communicate in this way, healing can happen. With help and support, living a life that is free of traumatic memories and restimulation is possible. At Trauma Resolution Therapy (TRT), we pride ourselves on supporting clients like you in letting go of the past and finding peace in the present.  Although the past cannot be forgotten entirely, it can be kept at bay as a distant memory that no longer negatively affects you.

But Maybe You’re Not Sure If Trauma Therapy Is Right For You…

Are guided meditation and mindfulness effective methods for healing trauma?

We utilize evidence-based trauma recovery modalities that have been heavily researched, including trauma-sensitive mindfulness and guided meditation. [1] At Trauma Resolution Therapy, our team not only has many years of experience but also prioritizes staying up to date on the latest modalities to best support the trauma recovery process. Our bottom-up approach integrates mind and body to ensure the most beneficial results. Rather than coming away from therapy with only an intellectual awareness of trauma, EMDR, guided meditation and mindfulness address the brain and nervous system to facilitate healing.

Won’t talking about my trauma in therapy make me feel worse?

Similar to how a physical wound must be cleaned and dressed to properly heal, so must an emotional wound. Although it can be scary and unsettling to unearth old stories, visions, and memories, keeping them locked away in your subconscious has the potential to inflict long-term damage on your psyche. Without removing the emotional “splinter,” you subject yourself to further physical and psychological torment. To ensure lasting healing, the short-term discomfort you may initially experience in trauma treatment is well worth the ultimate reward.

The expense of trauma and PTSD counseling seems steep to me.

Unlike other health concerns, you might dismiss trauma and PTSD therapy as being overly expensive or indulgent. However, nothing could be further from the truth. It’s hard to put a price on freeing yourself from the emotional pain of unresolved trauma. If you don’t have trauma or complex PTSD treatment in your budget, we will work with you. In many cases, you can utilize insurance to lower your out-of-pocket cost.

You Have The Potential To Heal From Trauma

Allow us to partner with you to find solutions to improve how you think, feel, and view the world. To find out more about counseling with Trauma Resolution Therapy Group, please visit our contact page.