WHAT IS TRAUMA?
Trauma in the context of therapy is an event or series of events causing an aftermath of symptoms where the data about the event(s) in our mind gets stuck. Typically, we process data about things that happen and that data goes into storage within our mind. But a trauma that remains unprocessed can cause the mind to react as if the trauma is still happening.
SYMPTOMS OF UNPROCESSED TRAUMA
There are so many ways that people deal with or react to trauma. Unhealthy reactions can include substance use, various addictions, negative relationship patterns, attachment issues, mood disorders like anxiety or depression, difficulty managing emotions, difficulty setting boundaries, and some can even develop personality disorders as a way of coping with unprocessed childhood trauma.
For many with historical trauma, it can difficult for them to pinpoint which aspects of their life are attributed to the symptoms, especially if their triggers seem to be random. There may be reactions, behaviours or ways of thinking would have been useful at the time of the trauma, but are no longer useful now and may be wreaking havoc on your current life.
HOW TO HEAL FROM TRAUMA
There are numerous ways of treating trauma that are available, such as cognitive processing therapy, talk therapies, CBT-Trauma, Internal Family Systems, and others. There are also many ways that people help themselves through trauma symptoms such as:
- Self-help books
- Reading and journalling
- Evaluating and becoming aware of triggers
- A support network of people
- See a therapist
FreeMind Therapy offers a variety of methods to meet our clients' needs. One method we are known for includes Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) an alternative, emerging, neuroscience approach to treating trauma, where the details of the trauma do not even need to be disclosed or re-lived, so it is virtually painless. RRT can help clear the effects of trauma within 1-3 sessions. Contact us to find out which therapists are offering RRT.
Seeing a therapist who is experienced in working with trauma is critical to healing and a successful therapy experience. With so many therapeutic approaches to addressing trauma, it's important to choose a good fit for you. The best way to do this is to book a consultation with a prospective therapist and get a sense of their approach to sessions, their go-to modalities, and ask them questions about their experience and success with clients who have similar issues to yours.