Are you or someone you know suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD? You’re not alone. In fact, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, there are more than 8 million adults in America who suffer from PTSD.
PTSD can cause anxiety, depression, social isolation, and much more. It’s a debilitating mental condition triggered by some past traumatic event like abuse, violence, witnessing death, and more. Fortunately, there are steps to help you overcome PTSD through something called trauma healing therapy. Trauma healing therapy is a form of treatment that helps individuals understand their trauma and move past it in a healthy way. There are a few different types of trauma healing therapy. Below are a few examples.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive therapy involves one-on-one conversations with a therapist so a person can discuss their feelings, day-to-day behaviors, and how their trauma affects their lives. It gives the individual the opportunity to talk through various situations and explore ways to handle them differently. For example, an individual may talk through their anxiety and learn to better participate in social situations. Cognitive therapy is a very common and popular form of therapy for trauma.
Trauma Resiliency Model Therapy
This form of therapy helps individuals track their nervous system and identify when their trauma is starting to affect their behavior and emotions. For example, an individual may learn when their anxiety or depression is starting to increase and may become an issue. They then learn techniques to get the conditions under control and how to manage them in a healthy way. This is a very practical way to learn how to live with anxiety, depression, and other PTSD symptoms, but still lead a full and happy life.
Very often, the best therapy is to simply connect and share with others who have a similar experience. Trauma healing therapy often involves group discussions with other people affected by PTSD. In the group sessions, participants can share their experiences along with tips on how to manage symptoms and overcome their past trauma.
PTSD can be difficult and have long-lasting effects on one’s mental health. While you may never truly get over your past trauma, you can learn to manage the symptoms and minimize their impact on your life. Contact us at Trauma Healing NW today to get started understanding and overcoming your trauma.