Many people will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives and some will go on to experience several traumas. Trauma counselling can help make sense of those traumatic events and help victims overcome it. Trauma essentially is a shock to our emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. Our body and mind do not innately know how to make sense of something of this nature which is why we consider it to be traumatic. Trauma can occur from a car accident, witnessing a death, child abuse, rape, combat, ongoing harassment, war and many other situations. Any of us could experience a trauma in our lives. Our military and first responders, such as police and medics are the most susceptible to traumas due to the nature of their profession.
If you are seeking trauma counselling, it may be that you thought you had “dealt with it” or that you had pushed the trauma so far away that you wouldn’t have to revisit it. Often times it takes professional help such as trauma counselling to work through a trauma.
Trauma Therapy San Diego
At Freedom Within Center in San Diego, a common treatment approach within trauma counselling is exposure therapy. Exposure therapy often involves revisiting the trauma and figuring out a way to emotionally and physically process it so that it no longer takes a hold of our lives. This can be a little frightening to someone who has been avoiding talking about or revisiting the trauma. It’s important to feel a sense of rapport and connection with your therapist in order to benefit from trauma therapy. The more you are able to open up and share the more you will get out of the trauma counselling process. Sharing and feeling vulnerable can be overwhelming at first but often times the more we do it, the easier it gets and the results start to come which make you feel even better.
Your therapist will help uncover any trauma that may have occurred and how it is still impacting you today. Wouldn’t it be an amazing feeling to no longer have the trauma holding you captive, preventing you from having relationships, or keeping you from living your life? Give your therapist a chance to help you by being open with them.
Trauma Counselling Strategies and Techniques
Our therapists are trained in various trauma modalities that are proven to effectively decrease symptoms related to trauma. The therapies include but are not limited to:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR trauma therapy)
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT trauma therapy)
Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE trauma therapy)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT trauma therapy)