What is trauma?
Trauma is often misunderstood and misrepresented. When traumatic experiences occur, it overwhelms the body’s ability to cope with them, and then they get stored differently in the brain and body. As our system’s way of protecting itself, it learns how to avoid things that it perceives as dangerous, and exhibits symptoms to assist in that effort. Trauma is a physical, emotional and cognitive experience, so our approach to treating it needs to address all of those components.
What treatment methods are used?
We utilize trauma treatments that help address the difficulties from a whole system approach. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), is a well researched and effective method for treating trauma and facilitating healing. Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is another method that is used. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and its coping strategies and methods is another helpful approach.
When we experience trauma, we can sometimes have conflicting internal parts. For instance, there may be a part of you that wants to heal, and another part of you that is conflicted or scared. Internal Family Systems is another modality used to help with our internal parts, dissociation, and the effects of trauma.
Treating the root cause of your symptoms and suffering will help alleviate pain and distress. Healing is possible, there is hope. We are here to help you along the way.