Do you feel you can never escape the past or the traumas you have been carrying? Whatever it is that you’re experiencing, you’re beginning to notice this impact in every facet of your life, and this can be unresolved trauma. Traumas can sound scary and can be hard to admit. Trauma does not have to be. Trauma once treated, you can find you again. With trauma therapy, you can start to process and learn coping skills to move forward. At Towler Counseling, we have multiple counselors trained in different kinds of trauma therapy that can help you process traumatic events and move forward with your life. We understand that taking the next step can be hard but we provide a empathic and understanding environment.
What is trauma? Trauma is an emotional response resulting from a disturbing, upsetting, or life-changing event. Trauma can be one event or many events that happened to you. The effects of trauma can heavily influence a person’s mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Many people are dealing with trauma but do not understand that trauma is the underlying issue. Traumatic events can also lead to post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse
Warfare or combat
Racism and discrimination
Extreme mood swings
Confusion, difficulty maintaining focus
Feeling numb or disconnected
Lethargy or fatigue
heart beating fast
Healing from trauma can be a difficult process, but it’s not one you have to go through alone. We have counselors trained in multiple types of trauma
therapy that would love to help you work through your past so you can find closure and peace.
Trauma-informed therapy: Trauma-informed therapy helps people process traumatic events by showing understanding and sensitivity to trauma-related issues. Trauma-informed treatment seeks to empower the client with skills and strategies to help them understand and process how their trauma affects them and their behaviors. Trauma therapists use physical and emotional safety in sessions, collaboration, transparency, and competency.
Trauma-focused CBT: Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment proven to help emotional and behavioral issues in children and adolescents impacted by trauma. It is a conjoint therapy that works with the child/adolescent and their parents or caregivers. TF-CBT uses a skills-based understanding to assist clients in healing their trauma. Exposure to the trauma narrative, as well as reminders of the trauma or emotions associated with the trauma, are often used to help the patient reduce avoidance and maladaptive associations with the trauma. Note, this exposure is done in a controlled way, and planned collaboratively by the provider and patient so the patient chooses what they do. The goal is to return a sense of control, self-confidence, and predictability to the patient, and reduce escape and avoidance behaviors.
EMDR therapy: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy is a psychotherapy treatment proven to help people recover from
traumatic and distressing experiences. EMDR can help alleviate symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders in people who have experienced trauma. EMDR has become widely used in the Trauma field. EMDR therapy is a phased, focused approach to treating trauma and other symptoms by reconnecting the traumatized person in a safe and measured way to the images, self-thoughts, emotions, and body sensations associated with the trauma and allowing the natural healing powers of the brain to move toward adaptive resolution. EMDR is based on the idea that symptoms occur when trauma and other negative or challenging experiences overwhelm the brain’s natural ability to heal. The healing process can be facilitated and completed through bilateral stimulation while the client is re-experiencing the trauma in the context of the safe environment of the therapist’s office (dual awareness). Through EMDR, individuals safely reprocess traumatic information until it is no longer psychologically disruptive to their lives. Over time, exposure to traumatic memories will no longer induce negative feelings and distressing symptoms. EMDR uses 8 phases of treatment to help you overcome your trauma.
CBT therapy: Cognitive-behavioral therapy can also be used to heal from trauma. CBT offers structured techniques to assist in processing and moving forward from the trauma. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on the relationship among thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and notes how changes in any one domain can improve functioning in the other domains. CBT is recommended treatment for clients who are suffering from any form of PTSD or trauma. Our therapists use a broad range of interventions to help our clients process and learn how to respond to the PTSD/trauma event.
You don’t have to live life feeling that you cannot escape your trauma. We can help you get there.
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