Trauma Therapy in Pasadena, MD
Where healing brings hope
Is it trauma? Do you find yourself reacting in ways that are not typical for you? Are you feeling overcome with fear and panic or sadness and loss of hope for yourself? Have these feelings, thoughts, and behaviors happened after a traumatic experience?
Trauma can be a devastating experience for individuals and their families. Coping with traumatic events can be a challenging process, but trauma therapy can offer assistance in recovering from these experiences. Trauma therapy is a type of psychotherapy that helps people to explore, understand, and move past the difficult emotions associated with traumatic situations. It is an effective way of finding resolutions to the physical and emotional effects of trauma on an individual’s life.
Trauma is not a one size fits all experience.
In the trauma field we recognize that there are small trauma’s and Big Trauma’s that impact each person uniquely. Although our environment, our upbringing, our levels of coping, each traumatic experience may or may not lead to concerning symptoms. When it does, no matter how big or small, trauma therapy can help.
Therapy for Trauma can help you have deeper connections
Do you feel like your friendships and intimate relationships are difficult to navigate? Are you finding it a challenge to trust and/or accept that the other person truly cares for you?
Trauma deeply affects our relationships within the world. We see things in different ways that our friends or partners don’t see. Thus they often don’t understand why we react the way we do towards them; often leading to painful misunderstandings and reactions.
Trauma is a difficult experience that can cause lasting psychological and emotional damage. It can have a profound impact on one’s relationships and sense of self, leading to feelings of isolation, mistrust, and confusion. Fortunately, there are effective treatments available for those who have experienced trauma, such as trauma therapy.
Trauma can have a long-lasting, devastating effect on an individual’s mental health and well-being.
In fact, various forms of trauma therapy can help those who have experienced trauma move forward in their lives. Trauma therapy helps people understand how their experiences have impacted them, assists in developing skills to cope with difficult emotions, and ultimately works to heal the wounds caused by traumatic events.
There are different types of trauma therapy that help in the healing process.
Over the years trauma therapy has evolved to include more than traditional talk therapy. We now know that trauma healing works best with approaches that focus on healing the body from within which then alters the way we view our trauma.
Previously trauma work was done through traditional talk therapy; although effective, it may not be as beneficial as other trauma treatments. Similiarly, Somatic therapies like Brainspotting, EMDR, dance movement, sensorimotor, and yoga have proven to be important in the healing process. Through body awareness, internal resourcing, and mindfulness interventions, the body begins to heal itself from the trauma.
A big part of the initial work in trauma is to create a space that provides a sense of safety for you. By being able to express yourself in a space that doesn’t feel threatening with someone who can hold space for you and your story, the healing process can begin. Being that most of the trauma we store in our bodies is fragmented or loosely organized, having this safe space can help us process and integrate better.
The healing process is a mixture of creating a sense of safety, empowerment, integration, and skill development. Although the healing doesn’t take place overnight but in time, individuals find a sense of relief and hope.
“Healing is like an onion. As you process through one layer of trauma to release the pain and heal, a new layer will surface. One layer after another layer will bring up new issues to focus on. Pace yourself. Only focus on one layer at a time.”
Find hope and start healing today!
At Turning Stone Counseling, we will support and guide you through the healing work using a compassionate and caring approach. Once you gain confidence and sense of control over your symptoms, you will find relief.
During Trauma Therapy you will experience the following:
› A thorough assessment of how trauma may be affecting your symtoms.
› Psychoeducation about how trauma affects the body.
› Tools and strategies to feel more grounded, making everyday life easier.
› A clearer direction for healing.
Our therapists use many different modalities to support you in the healing process.
EMDR, Expressive and somatic therapies, along with education and support.
Our Therapists who work with Trauma
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I look for in a trauma therapist?
Trauma therapists should not only be trauma-informed but have had additional knowledge about trauma.
Trauma therapy therapists should assess your safety while also providing a safe place for your to begin the work. Likewise they should be assessing for your ability to engage in the deeper work consistently and not just in the beginning. Trauma therapists should ensure that you have the appropriate resources to begin the work such as proper grounding skills, supports, strategies outside of session (coping skills), and enough self-awareness to be able to apply skills when needed.
There are some resources available wher eyou can search specifically for a trauma therapist via the trauma therapist network.
How do I know if what I am experiencing is trauma?
Unfortunately you won’t know until you begin this work. At times it is really clear that a persons symptoms are a direct result of a traumatic event (however in most instances its not always clear). Generally many symptoms of trauma overlap with other diagnoses or illnesses. A good trauma therapy therapist will partner with you in becoming a detective towards understanding your symptoms better.
Will I have to relive my experience?
Not necessarily! Many years ago this was the primary approach to addressing trauma. We now know that trauma therapy approaches don’t require you to relive your traumatic experience; and it can be more damaging to do so for some individuals. However there are still some experiences where re-experiencing may happen. We also want you to feel supported as your work through your healing process so moving to quickly is not our recommended process.
What does a trauma therapy session look like?
Initially therapy for trauma will start with building a relationship with you as the client. The first phase of any trauma work is having a relationship where you can be vunerable, this will include basic and more advanced resourcing skills, understanding things like family of origin or cultural factors, gaining a better understanding of who you are through your eyes.
As the therapy progresses and depending on the therapists trauma style, you will begin the deeper work of healing those wounds from your trauma.
Throughout the process a therapist will focus on ensuring you have strong supports as well as using your resources and strategies to navigate difficult or challenging emotions.
Nonetheless, trauma therapy is not a linear process so there is often alot of re-education throughout the trauma process.
Does this mean I have PTSD?
Not necessarily. PTSD is a very specific diagnosis where specific symptoms must be met to be diagnosed. Unfortunately trauma symptoms can fit a variety of different diagnoses. Despite the amount of research being done in our field, there is still alot of room for growth in diagnosing and treating trauma.
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