When painful past experiences are interfering with life today, a trauma therapist can help.
After a painful experience, most of us just want to move forward and get on with our lives. Unfortunately, we often find that our minds and our bodies aren’t cooperating with that plan. Unwanted memories, feelings of fear and dread, and a constant state of vigilance are just some of the challenges people typically experience after a traumatic event. And they can make it difficult to be present in our personal and professional lives.
It’s not your fault that you experienced a trauma. And you deserve support to heal.
Did you know that feelings of guilt and self-blame are some of the most common symptoms people experience after a traumatic event? It’s true. And those feelings often keep us from seeking out the care and support we need to heal.
Sadly, when it comes to trauma, time doesn’t heal all wounds. Traumatic memories are actually stored differently in our brains and our bodies, meaning that a trauma that happened when you were a kid can feel just as real and painful as if it happened yesterday.
If you’ve been living with the aftermath of trauma for months, years, or even decades, it can be hard to believe that things could be different. But trauma is very much treatable. A trained trauma therapist can help guide you towards recovery so that painful past experiences no longer derail your peace of mind, your relationships, or your ability to live your life.
What is trauma anyway?
Traumatic experiences are events that threaten our sense of safety and security in the world. They can be a one time event, such as experiencing a car accident or a natural disaster, or they can be ongoing, such as domestic violence or childhood abuse. Our risk of psychological injury increases with the more traumatic events we experience. Events that occur in childhood can be particularly impactful.
While some events, such as experiencing a violent assault, are more easily recognizable as traumatic, others may be less obvious. Experiences of emotional abuse or neglect, for example, are often not recognized as traumatic, but can have profound impacts on our sense of self and our relationships with others as adults. Racism, sexism, homophobia, and other experiences of discrimination can also have a cumulative traumatic impact over time.
How can trauma therapy help?
Every Stella Nova therapist has been trained in trauma-informed approaches to therapy. Some of us have additional, specialized training and certification in trauma therapies, including the treatment of PTSD and C-PTSD. Trauma therapy can help you:
- Eliminate intrusive memories, nightmares, and flashbacks of an event
- Regulate your emotional response to trauma triggers
- Stop avoiding people, places, or situations
- Learn skills to improve relationships impacted by trauma
- Feel more comfortable and secure in your body
- Regain trust in your own perceptions, feelings, and instincts
- Make sense of traumatic experiences so that you can move forward