What is Trauma Therapy?
Trauma therapy is a form of therapy that can help you deal with the emotional response caused by a traumatic event.
Over half of all people will experience at least one traumatic event in their lives. Trauma can encompass a wide range of situations, including serious injury, sexual violence, and life-threatening events, as well as chronic abuse and neglect, bullying, and homelessness.
This type of therapy can help you if you are unable to cope with your trauma or if it is interfering with your ability to function.
What Trauma Therapy Can Help With
Trauma therapy can help you cope with trauma, whether it’s caused by a one-time event, or an ongoing or long-lasting situation.
Trauma therapy can assist you in dealing with the traumatic event as well as processing your feelings and emotions. It can provide you with the opportunity to confront your fears in a safe environment and learn coping skills that will help you function on a daily basis.
Things to Consider
According to Workman, a trauma therapist may consider several factors when assessing your readiness for trauma therapy, which can include:
Commitment level: It is critical to have a strong commitment to complete the treatment from beginning to end because stopping the treatment in the middle can actually worsen PTSD symptoms and cause the person to become more entrenched in trauma-related beliefs and avoidance.
Suicide risk: The individual should have had no suicide attempts or incidents of self-harm in the previous two months. PE can be combined with Dialectical Behavior Therapy for individuals who are at high risk of suicide or self-harm (DBT). Because safety is paramount, DBT would be used first to address any suicidal or self-harm tendencies before moving on to the trauma component of treatment.
Coping skills: The person will need coping skills to complete exposure therapy safely and effectively. Coping skills are necessary for managing intense emotions without relying on emotional suppression and behaviors such as substance use or going to bed for the rest of the day.
Counseling sessions at Life Source are provided on a sliding scale basis, with a minimum of $30.00 per 50 minute session. Victims of Crime Compensation is accepted. Please note that because we offer affordable counseling rates, we are not able to accept insurance.
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