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Trauma Informed Therapy

Trauma Informed Therapy

What’s the best way to deal with trauma? In most cases, it’s through using trauma therapy to help you recover from painful and upsetting experiences. But what actually constitutes trauma therapy, and how does it work?

What Are The Symptoms Of Trauma?

The symptoms of trauma may vary from person to person. Some common symptoms are: flashbacks, nightmares, depression, anxiety, insomnia or trouble sleeping, feelings of guilt or shame, feelings of being unsafe or that you're in danger even when you're not, a feeling that the world is a bad place to be.

 

Some people experience only one symptom while others have many.

Understanding Trauma-Informed Therapy

The focus of trauma-informed therapy is not to provide a specific intervention but rather to tailor interventions in relation to each individual's trauma history, triggers, and requirements.

 

Therapists use this lens to view their clients, taking into account how trauma impacts emotions, regulation, and behavior. Clients will also be considered for intergenerational trauma.

Therapeutic care must be trauma-informed when the counselor or therapist expects the client to have been exposed to trauma at some point in their life and take steps to prevent re-traumatizing them or other innocent people around them.

The following areas are important to trauma-informed therapists:

  • Throughout the session, trauma-informed therapists provide clients with physical and emotional safety.

  • Therapists who are trauma-informed aim to empower clients through education and involvement in their treatment.

  • The client's confidentiality is respected by trauma-informed therapists.

  • Research and best practices for working with traumatized clients are essential for trauma-informed therapists. Each client's cultural considerations are also taken into account by them.

Benefits of Trauma-Informed Therapy

  • A better understanding of the trauma, including how it might have affected your life

  • Establishing a secure atmosphere and identifying your traumatic triggers

  • Learning how to face everyday adversity

  • Treating traumatic stress symptoms and reactions appropriately

  • Gaining control by going through and processing the experience that was traumatic in a safe environment

Trauma-informed therapy has been found to be particularly useful in treating trauma in young adults and adults who have experienced traumatic events. Therapy can help by addressing trauma symptoms such as guilt and shame.

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What You Can Expect from Our Trauma-Informed Therapy Session

The first step in getting the most out of your trauma therapy is finding a therapist that specializes in this type of treatment. This can be done by searching for therapists who list their specialization as trauma therapy or trauma counseling.

 

Once you find someone, it's important to ask how they work with clients, what their experience is with people who have PTSD or traumatic experiences, and whether they specialize in any other types of treatment. From there, it's up to you and the therapist to decide on a good approach.

When you first start therapy, it's important to be prepared for your sessions. At the beginning of every session, therapists will ask you what goals you have for the session and what topics you would like to talk about.

 

The therapist will try to incorporate these in order to help you get the most out of your sessions.

If it's difficult for you to talk openly with your therapist, it's important that they know before they start so they can prepare a different way of approaching your session. One thing you can do is write down any fears or concerns you may have before coming into your session.

 

Even if they don't end up talking about those things, it's just good to get them off your chest and allow yourself to feel more relaxed during the rest of the meeting.

 

One way therapists might help this process is by listening as much as possible without interrupting or giving advice until you're done speaking.

What Trauma-Informed Therapy Can Help With?

Trauma-informed therapy is helpful for people who have experienced any type of trauma in the past or have since faced new trauma. It will ensure your safety in therapy sessions, even if your session isn't necessarily to address past trauma.

Not everyone who seeks out care is going through trauma, but when the presenting problem isn't related to trauma, many providers prefer a trauma-informed approach that doesn't do more harm. This is why you often see a trauma-informed approach taken even in situations that have nothing to do with a specific traumatic event.

Therapy can help you come to terms with the consequences of traumatic events, equip you with better skills for responding to triggering events, allow you to better understand what you experienced, and set you on the path to regain self-confidence and life satisfaction that you deserve.

 

If you're coping with mental challenges like emotional pain, stress, sorrow, dysfunctional relationships, a lack of motivation, and more, Blue Oak Counseling Services offers therapy services to help meet our needs.

 

Our highly trained and experienced mental health therapists can assist you in regaining your mental health and becoming your best self through:

 

  • Online Sessions: With discreet video sessions, we will assist you in achieving your goals anywhere in CA while also improving your skill set without having to leave your home.
     

  • Over-the-Phone Consultations: Any queries you may have regarding treatment, specializations, or how to choose the right therapist for your needs will be addressed by our care coordinator, whom you can reach conveniently via phone call. You may also make follow-up consultations through calls.
     

  • Personalized Science-backed Advice: You can trust that we provide nothing but top-notch services delivered by licensed mental health providers and therapists with training and experience in various evidence-based models and practices.

 

You Don't Have to Go Through It Alone. Let's Work Together!

 

It’s easy to feel like the best way to help yourself when you’re struggling with trauma is to self-isolate but you don’t have to deal with your problems alone.

 

We’re here for you; we can help you get the right support you need to improve your chances of getting a better quality of life. 

 

You deserve a clear, calm, and healthy mind and we can help you achieve that. Call Blue Oak Counseling Services now to schedule a consultation.