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Trauma Therapy

 

Trauma can be described as experiencing an event or multiple events which overwhelm your ability to cope. Examples of trauma are the sudden death of a loved one, a distressing experience or humiliating occurrence. Trauma can often be the outcome of physical harm. However, any situation that limits your ability to cope can be traumatic. Some traumatic events are sudden, giving you no time to prepare yourself emotionally. Which will leave a lasting impression emotional reactions to trauma can vary greatly and are significantly influenced by the individual’s socio-cultural history.
 

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Approach to Trauma Therapy

This treatment approach is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps people change their thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors in order to make their lives better.  With trauma-informed CBT, a therapist helps the person change their thoughts and beliefs about the trauma.  As a result, people learn to manage behaviors, thoughts, and emotions that are triggered by past or current overwhelming experiences.

Beyond the initial emotional reactions during the event, those most likely to surface include anger, fear, sadness, shame, depression and tension along with nightmares and flashbacks.   Trauma experience can range bullying, assault, abuse, humiliation, rejection, abusive relationship. Medical procedures including childbirth and many other difficult experiences.

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