Anyone who has experienced a traumatic event and has been struggling with its aftermath may be able to benefit from trauma therapy. This includes children and adults of all ages, as well as family members and friends who have been affected by someone else’s traumatic experience. Because there are a wide variety of events that can result in the need for trauma counseling, including abuse, violence, natural disasters, war, and accidents, it’s natural that there are a lot of common questions about it. Here at New Transitions Counseling Center, we’d like to try to answer some of these frequently asked questions now.
Question: How Do I Know Trauma Therapy Will Help?
Many people who have undergone trauma therapy report feeling more in control of their lives and emotions, as well as seeing improvements in other areas such as their relationships and work life. In addition, our experience has shown that trauma therapy can be effective in treating a variety of conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.
Question: Will I Have to Re-Experience My Trauma?
This is a common concern among people considering trauma therapy, but the answer is usually no. While there may be times when it’s helpful to discuss your experience in detail, most trauma therapists use techniques that focus on helping you manage and understand your reactions to the event, rather than re-experiencing it.
Question: What Can I Expect From Trauma Therapy?
The focus of trauma therapy is on helping you to process and make sense of your experience, as well as develop coping skills for dealing with the aftermath of trauma. This may involve discussing your experience in detail, as well as exploring how it has affected your life and your relationships. You may also work on developing healthy coping mechanisms, such as relaxation techniques and positive self-talk.
Question: How Long Does Trauma Therapy Take?
The length of trauma therapy can vary depending on the individual and the severity of their experience. Some people may only need a few sessions, while others may require ongoing treatment. In general, the goal of trauma therapy is to help you reach a point where you feel more in control of your life and are able to cope with your experience.