Can Trauma Therapy Near Me Help?
How To Know If Trauma Therapy Near Me Can Help
A traumatic event can be any event that surpasses a person’s ability to emotionally cope with what they are experiencing. It can overwhelm the nervous system and leave a person in a persistent state of fight, flight, freeze or fawn. Trauma counseling and trauma informed therapy will help you navigate traumatic stress, and so you can move through it and get back to living your life.
Untreated trauma can leave a wake of implications in a person’s life. It can change how you see yourself, others, and the world. People who have histories of trauma may struggle with managing their emotions, coping with daily life, substance abuse and other mental health or physical health challenges.
Trauma that has not yet been explored can also cause difficulties in your relationships and can impact everything from your sex life in a romantic relationship to your capacity for work and achievement as a professional. But the ripple doesn’t stop there, experienced trauma can have deep connections to other areas of your life including parenting, hobbies, creativity, and in the long-term, your ability to thrive and feel safe in the world.
Can Trauma Therapy Near Me Address Big “T” Trauma or Little “t” Trauma?
A big T trauma, is generally something that happens once, and is easily recognizable in a person’s life as having been traumatic.
In contrast, a little t trauma, may be more difficult to pinpoint. This term is used to describe the residual effect of less obvious, and often more chronic, sexual, emotional and physical trauma. A trauma informed therapist may describe little t traumas to include things like, chronic invalidation, enmeshment, growing up within a chaotic or emotionally disorganized home.
Both Big T and little t traumas, can result in symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, depression, insecure attachment styles, or other mental health and relationship concerns.
Single Incident Trauma + Complex Trauma
Trauma is experienced in many forms and the signs and symptoms vary from person to person. A single incident trauma happens usually just once in a person’s life. These might include intense combat, rape, natural disasters, losing a loved one, or a near death experiences. There are also prolonged forms of trauma such as experiencing abuse, death of a loved one, infidelity, and some unhealthy relationships or lengthy breakups. These are often called complex traumas.
Trauma therapy is geared toward helping you recognize the signs and reduce the symptoms of trauma. When assessing if you are experiencing aftereffects of trauma, there are several symptoms to look for:
- Flashbacks of the event
- Heightened startle response
- nightmares about the event
- Sleep issues
- Avoiding certain people, places, and things that remind you of the traumatic event
- Feeling depressed and hopeless, shame or guilt
- Dissociation, sense of disconnection from your body or a sense of surreality
Trauma therapy can help you make sense of what you’re feeling, and take back a sense of empowerment and control in life.
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Trauma Therapy Models at Modern Intimacy
The trauma therapists at Modern Intimacy use a variety of approaches.
An innovative type of psychotherapy, EMDR was developed by Francine Shapiro. She noted that certain eye movements helped to relieve psychological stress. During the therapy session, you focus on disturbing memories for short periods. Your therapist will provide instruction on eye movements. This helps your body process the experience.
Post Induction Therapy
Pia Mellody, created the Post Induction Therapy model to address the developmental immaturities born out of big T and little t childhood trauma. She defines developmental trauma as “anything less than nurturing.”
This approach to working with a trauma helps survivors address intimacy disorders and addiction. It can also help improve boundaries and reduce tendencies toward anti-dependence or codependence.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga
Developed by Jenn Turner and David Emerson, Trauma Sensitive Yoga is unique style of yoga, empirically validated for the treatment of trauma. This is not the typical kind of yoga, in that it is invitational and encourages each survivor to listen to their bodies.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga reconnects the survivor with their body, in a way that fosters mind-body awareness, autonomy, empowerment and effective regulation.
Our Revive & Thrive: An Integrative + Embodied Program to Heal From Trauma course employs this style of yoga to help survivors strengthen an embodied sense of self.
I’m Ready to Start Trauma Therapy Near Me, What are My Next Steps?
As you explore the best trauma therapies near you, it’s important to know that you have options for trauma healing. To help you get started, we offer a complimentary 30-minute consultation to discuss your goals, and answer any questions or concerns you might have.
After that call, we can help connect you with a Modern Intimacy therapist who best fits your needs.