Find Relief From Harmful Emotional Responses With Trauma Therapy
During safe and supportive trauma therapy sessions, you and your experienced Personal Growth Counseling therapist will develop an individualized plan to help you move past your trauma based on your specific experience and your needs. Part of initial trauma therapy includes forming a trusting relationship with your therapist. Another part is education on how the brain and emotional mind works. The emotional mind consists of your memories, thoughts, and emotions that you experienced in the past. In some cases, the emotional mind saves you from making the same dangerous mistake again. But when you are faced with a highly traumatic event or prolonged abuse, the emotional mind can get stuck – and when it is triggered, you are forced to relive all the emotions from your traumatic memory.
Depending on your specific traumatic experience as well as your comfort level in talking about your trauma, you and your therapist may move forward with different treatments. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), clinical hypnosis, Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) are some of the most common and effective approaches used in trauma therapy.
Regardless of the specific treatment you and your therapist decide is best for you, effective trauma therapy must go beyond traditional talk therapy and dig deep to change the way your brain and body respond to traumatic memories. During sessions, your therapist can help you update the ingrained emotional responses created by your trauma that are keeping you stuck. By changing the way you perceive your trauma, you can begin to reframe thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. And, as you go through the trauma therapy process, you and your therapist will work together to thoughtfully and deliberately deconstruct your traumatic memory. Through breaking memories down into more manageable pieces, you can finally and fully process the trauma. And while reconstructing memories and strengthen new skills, you can feel resilient when faced with future hurdles.
Depending on your needs and interests, your therapist can also incorporate art therapy, aromatherapy, or theta music into sessions, which often bring faster and more effective relief.
Since 1994, the therapists at Personal Growth Counseling have helped countless adults and children overcome the debilitating effects of trauma. In fact, Dr. Carole Lovell did her doctoral work on trauma and has presented on trauma topics throughout the world. She has also written chapters in two notable trauma publications, EMDR Solutions: Pathways to Healing and Residential Treatment for Children & Youth.
Through our therapists’ extensive backgrounds in helping individuals from diverse backgrounds find relief, we know you, too, can move forward and start to feel like yourself again. With guidance, support and the right approach, it is possible to finally let go of trauma and start living life fully.