trauma therapy

Is trauma therapy for you?

 

If you've wondered if trauma therapy is for you or if it will work, it's important to know that trauma therapy is not for everybody. 

 

If your childhood memories and experiences are not causing you too much pain and you're happy with life then it might be better not to reopen the past; ‘let sleeping dogs lie’.

 

Then again, if you do experience a lot of emotional and physical symptoms of pain or trauma, it’s important to understand that the roots of this go right back into your past. Specifically to your early childhood, birth and in-utero experiences.

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Trauma therapy is an effective treatment.

 

Trauma therapy is a very effective treatment, but it takes time. It's the same for everyone who does somatic or body-focused trauma therapy. There are no exceptions. That does not mean that your life won't improve along the way because it does. And often without your conscious awareness at first.

 

But if you're looking for a short, sharp, effective treatment (6 to 10 sessions or so) then trauma therapy is probably not the right therapy for you.

Identifying unmet needs.

If you've experienced unmet childhood needs (and everyone does), you might be finding it difficult to identify these as trauma. You have no clear memories of mum or dad severely abusing you, so you don’t see your childhood as traumatic. But you might still be feeling bad about yourself or your life. You might even be suffering from trauma symptoms such as anxiety, depression, mood, or eating or personality disorders along with other symptoms.

That's because the ongoing subtle but chronic trauma of unmet need (which is epidemic today) becomes integrated into your personality. You tend to believe that this is who you are. Or that somehow you’re unlucky in life or that life is just too hard.

Pain and trauma symptoms.

Overt symptoms of addictions, tension anxiety, depression, anger, sex or intimacy problems and many personality and mood disorders are clear signals that you have unresolved experiences and pain from your past.

There are more subtle symptoms, though. Symptoms such as insecurity, little or no confidence, ongoing relationship problems and unfulfilled potential in life. These are also telltale signs of unresolved feelings that trauma produces. If these feelings are not processed, they can only be suppressed.

 Can trauma therapy help?

Still, you might be wondering 'is trauma therapy for you'. Could a treatment that helps you connect to and express uncomfortable and at times painful feelings be right for you.
 
You might be thinking that you’re already too emotional and what you need to do is to get rid of these horrible feelings. Or at the very least, learn how to manage them, as in the case of anger management.

 

But if you’ve tried more mainstream methods of therapy, medication or self-development and you’ve haven’t found any real relief, it might be time for you to consider processing and resolving your painful feelings. Rather than searching for more ways to numb, ignore or suppress them.
 
Even if you have managed or are managing to contain and keep your feelings at bay, the rituals and controls you have put in place could be wearing you down or wreaking havoc on your body and health. You might be tired of living on the verge of a meltdown or an explosion.

 

So is trauma therapy for you?

 

Well, if you feel like you're want to explode it probably because you're suppressing a lot of built-up emotions and feelings. The emotional processing part of trauma therapy would give you a safe place to let go and explore the feelings that you're sitting on and why you hold them down. If you feel as though you're going crazy, it's very likely that trauma therapy is for you. If you feel numb, shut down and don't want to go on, trauma therapy is for you. If you're tired of talking about your problems because nothing ever changes then, trauma therapy is for you.  

 

If you're sick of everything going wrong and not working out trauma therapy is for you. If you always had to play small and make yourself invisible to feel safe and survive, trauma therapy is definitely for you. If you've tried a lot of therapies and read many books but still feel depressed, anxious or isolated, then it very possible that trauma therapy might be the next and best step for you.

 

To find out if trauma therapy can help you or if you're ready to take the first step, please feel free to make an appointment.

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