Trauma & Abuse Therapy
Pain is, unfortunately, a part of life, but some people experience extreme levels of it that causes them to become fearful, depressed and isolated. Living with trauma can make you feel like you can’t turn to anyone, even when you are desperately in need of support and comfort. You may even feel guilt over what you witnessed or went through.
Therapy can help you begin to recover from trauma and abuse. Healing takes time and hard work, but the ability to experience life, trust others, love and be loved is worth the effort.
Trauma and Abuse Counseling
Counseling for people dealing with trauma and abuse is rooted in safety. We want to first build a trusting relationship with you; your thoughts and feelings are not going to be judged or rejected here.
We only want to help you understand the role trauma plays in your life and how it’s influencing your thoughts, feelings and behavior. Doing so will make it easier to come up with treatment goals that give you relief in the present while recovering from the past.
Benefits of Trauma Therapy
Therapy helps you better understand how trauma and abuse have impacted your life. You will learn how to feel safe again, both within yourself and in relationships with other people.
You will learn how to develop and assert healthy boundaries in your relationships to prevent experiencing abuse in the future; you will learn how to identify and cope with triggers that cause you to relive your trauma, and you will learn to decrease your symptoms of depression, anxiety, fear and worry by learning healthy coping mechanisms.
Symptoms of Trauma and Abuse
Trauma affects people in various ways; some people become fearful and anxious while others become detached and angry. You may not even fully understand the scope of trauma’s role in your life.
Some of the signs you are living with unhealed trauma include:
- Feeling like you are worthless and unlovable.
- Fearing that people will hurt you or abandon you.
- Being afraid to say the wrong thing and anger someone.
- Difficulty saying how you really feel.
- Doing or saying things just to make sure other people like you.
- Using drugs or alcohol to cope with intrusive thoughts or uncomfortable feelings.
- Having nightmares about a traumatic event or abusive people.
How Therapy Helps You Recover From Trauma
Counseling can help you find yourself beyond your pain; therapy helps you begin to build the confidence you need to recover from trauma in a safe environment. You will not be forced to confront memories you aren’t ready to address. With time and patience, you can begin to build a life for yourself beyond hurt, fear and self-doubt.
To learn more about the types of trauma therapy we offer or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.