A traumatic event or situation is not something that is easily resolved. In fact, it can continue to affect a person’s life many years after it occurs. Living through such an overwhelmingly threatening experience takes courage and professional help. Therefore, trauma therapy is a proven solution for a person overcoming the pain, distress, and dysfunction that lingers.
Getting past trauma that interrupts their psychological and emotional well-being to reclaim their life is possible. Specifically, therapy can ease the person into starting the process.
What is Psychological and Emotional Trauma?
Psychological and emotional trauma often follows an extraordinarily stressful event. Such experiences can shatter a person’s sense of security. Moreover, they feel helpless and look at the world as a dangerous place.
Traumatic events are not limited to physical harm. A person can become frightened by any situation that leaves them feeling helpless and overwhelmed. In addition, their subjective emotional response to the event is distressing.
A person who is traumatized may struggle with normal activities. They may have a hard time reacclimating to life after the experience. For example, they lose their sense of enjoyment with certain activities.
Their mental and emotional responses may also include intense feelings of anxiety, fear, and helplessness.
What is Trauma Therapy?
As the name implies, trauma therapy is for a person who needs help overcoming an upsetting event. The person who has a traumatic experience must seek help from a professional therapist. Otherwise, they will have a difficult time fully recovering without some type of processing.
This type of therapy involves a counselor who helps the person deal with their emotional changes. Furthermore, sessions explore how their responses impact their behavior. They work to reduce the negative emotional aspects the situation has on their life.
Therapy progresses as the person begins to deal with the trauma using various techniques. However, therapy models vary depending on individual needs. Eventually, they can get emotional and mental responses to an acceptable level.
Goals of Trauma Therapy
Knowing what to expect from any type of counseling is crucial. For example, some key goals of therapy for trauma may include:
- Facing the reality of a traumatic experience without getting stuck in pain and fear
- Reducing or eliminating symptoms
- Working towards a focus on the present and away from the past
- Reclaiming personal power
- Improving how the person functions in daily activities
Types of Trauma Therapy
Specifically, there are three types of therapy most often used to help with trauma.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral therapy is a talk therapy to address thoughts a person has that relate to the traumatic experience. Therefore, the person learns relaxation techniques during the therapeutic process.
It’s important to talk about the trauma. This helps develop organization and a thoughtful narrative about the experience. Moreover, they learn appropriate ways of expressing their feelings.
Psychodynamic Trauma Therapy
The goal of psychodynamic therapy is identifying the traumatic response phase in which the person is stuck. Furthermore, knowing this helps the counselor determine which aspects interfere with how the person processes and integrates the event.
Common elements that makes this form of therapy effective is considering the person’s developmental history and childhood. Exploring how the trauma impacts the person’s relationships and sense of self is also helpful.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR can help a person find healthy ways to process a traumatic experience. For example, this form of psychotherapy uses external stimulus, such as eye movements, audio stimulation, or hand tapping. This allows a person to direct their attention outward. They talk about the trauma, what causes their current distress, and what they want for their future.
Seek Professional Help Now
Huntington Beach Psychiatry is available for anyone trying to gain a healthy psychological outlook after a traumatic experience. Furthermore, our mental health team is sensitive and supportive to these issues.
We offer mental and behavioral services, including our Orange County PTSD therapy. We focus on helping you heal from conditions that may stem from trauma, such as:
- Bipolar disorder
- Anxiety disorders
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
Call us today at 866-334-6286 if you feel helpless and emotionally out of control. Through individual therapy and medication therapy management, we’ll guide you on a path to a positive mental wellbeing.