You feel lost after dealing with a traumatic event in your life. Trauma can occur from any type of distressing events such as the death of a loved one, rape, divorce, or war. Trauma damages your emotional and mental well-being causing you to feel hurt while physically changing your brain. Areas of your brain that worked in one way now have been altered to work differently by physically and emotionally responding to a trigger.
If you have been through trauma in your life, you need to get help. You should never feel completely lost as our trauma therapists can help you re-alter your brain to positively deal with trauma.
How do you know if you are experiencing trauma that requires expert help?
- Feeling a lack of self-worth
- Difficulty concentrating
- Shock, denial, and confusion
- Inability to complete normal daily functions
- Withdrawal from others
- Sleeping too much
- Lack of energy
- Flashbacks or nightmares of the traumatic event (also a sign of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Memory issues
- Tense muscles
- Pains and aches
Therapy for trauma:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): The therapist will encourage you to express your thoughts and feelings in a positive way. He/she can guide you to manage the difficult emotions caused by your trauma.
- Art Therapy: Art therapy is a journey into your unconsciousness. Our therapists will encourage you to create art allowing your feelings to be expressed without speaking directly about them. This process can lead to your healing.
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Our therapists change your horrible memory into a vision of your power. Talking about the event with your therapist by using an external stimulus directs your attention outward such as hand tapping, eye movements, or audio stimulation. Through this process, your therapist will discover what to focus on. You are told what part of your story to hold in your mind as you perform the outward movement they recommend. You begin to uncover your strength to help you overcome the traumatic memories.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be part of your trauma. EMDR can help give you the strength to deal with this type of trauma as well.
Here are some signs you may have PTSD:
- Heightened emotions such as feeling despair and hopelessness, unexplained crying or depression
- Emotional numbness or withdrawal
- Recurring thoughts, nightmares, or flashbacks about your trauma
- Anxious or overly alert
- Sudden overprotectiveness and fear for the safety of your loved ones
Children at any age can experience trauma and are more likely than adults to have related long-term health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Adults that go through traumatic events may have difficulty establishing fulfilling relationships and keeping a job. Those that experience trauma in their life may react with alcohol use and smoking, creating an issue later in life. The Family Psychology Place helps you avoid or overcome this kind of negative behaviour by teaching you how to turn a dark experience into one of emotional lift.
We have therapists skilled in treating specific traumas to help you reclaim control over your life. Discover positive living once more by contacting one of our psychologists today.