Trauma therapy, or trauma-focused therapy, is a specific approach to therapy that is built on the understanding of how traumatic experiences affect an individual’s mental, emotional and physical well-being. This type of therapy aims to help children, adolescents and adult survivors heal from the effects of trauma.

There are three main types of trauma that client’s may be dealing with:

  • Acute Trauma stems from a singular traumatic experience, such as an accident, natural disaster or sexual assault.
  • Chronic Trauma occurs when a person experiences multiple, long-term and/or prolonged traumatic events. Some examples include domestic violence, bullying, addiction, sexual abuse and long-term illness.
  • Complex Trauma is the result of multiple different traumatic experiences. Potential causes can include childhood abuse, domestic violence or civil unrest.

Benefits of Trauma Therapy

Trauma is extremely painful. It not only alters how people interact with others but also how they understand or misunderstand themselves. It can lead to anxiety, self-harm, substance abuse, personality disorders, PTSD — the list goes on and on. The sooner you can access trauma-informed treatment, the sooner you can start to heal.

Trauma-focused therapy works to help you understand your trauma and address your symptoms and problems in healthier ways.

Below are some (but not all) potential benefits of trauma therapy:

  • Reduce or improve trauma-related symptoms
  • Empower personal growth
  • Manage regulation of the nervous sytsem (e.g. heart palpitations, shaking, etc.)
  • Refocus the present over the past
  • Overcome addictions
  • Eliminate or reduce self-harm
  • Recognise generational/hereditary trauma
  • Implement healthier coping skills
  • Improve self-worth and self-esteem

 

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