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Healing from Trauma - 3 Effective Therapies to Explore

Updated: Aug 14, 2023


Trauma

Trauma is an experience that can have profound and lasting effects on an individual's mental, emotional, and physical well-being. It disrupts our sense of safety and security, leaving a deep imprint that can impact our relationships with ourselves and others.


Fortunately, there are therapeutic approaches available to help individuals navigate the path to healing. In this blog, we will give readers an introduction and a chance to explore three effective trauma therapy models: Internal Family Systems, Brainspotting, and Somatic Experiencing Therapy. All three modalities have been found to be effective tools for healing trauma. To learn more about how therapy can help, take a look at our team of expert psychotherapists and book a free 15 minute no obligation consultation to see if therapy can be right for you.



Understanding the Effects of Trauma


Traumatic events can vary widely, ranging from natural disasters to accidents, abuse, or witnessing violence. Living and experiencing unfair, unsafe, or neglectful situations for prolonged periods of time can also expose one to long-term trauma, what we call chronic trauma in the therapy world.


Regardless of the specific event, trauma can leave individuals feeling overwhelmed, powerless, and disconnected.


The effects of trauma can manifest in various ways, including intrusive thoughts, nightmares, emotional numbing, hypervigilance, and difficulties with trust and relationships. Even long after the event is over, post traumatic effects and triggers can continue to haunt a person if not resolved or processed.


Trauma's Impact on Relationships


Trauma

Trauma often has a profound impact on an individual's ability to form and maintain healthy relationships. Survivors may struggle with intimacy, fear of abandonment, emotional regulation, or difficulties with trust. Trauma can affect communication, leading to misunderstandings and conflicts within relationships. It is crucial to recognize that these challenges are not indicative of personal shortcomings but are instead a response to the trauma experienced.


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Effective Therapy Models for Trauma Healing


1. Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy


Internal Family Systems therapy, developed by Richard Schwartz, recognizes that individuals have various sub-personalities or "parts" within them. In trauma, certain parts might become wounded or protective, causing internal conflicts and distress. IFS aims to help individuals develop self-leadership, cultivating compassionate relationships with these parts. Through guided exploration, individuals can learn to heal internal wounds, reduce self-judgment, and create a sense of inner harmony.


Working with an IFS psychotherapist can provide a safe space for clients to explore their internal landscape, understand the origins of their parts, and develop self-compassion. The therapist guides clients in establishing a cooperative relationship with their parts and facilitates healing by addressing the underlying trauma.


2. Brainspotting


Brainspotting, developed by David Grand, recognizes the connection between trauma and the brain's neural processing. This therapy model focuses on identifying and releasing trauma stored in the subcortical brain, where traumatic experiences are often stored outside conscious awareness. By identifying "brainspots" that activate trauma-related emotions or sensations, clients can process and release unresolved trauma.


A Brainspotting therapist uses eye positions to access and activate the trauma's neural networks, promoting the brain's natural ability to heal. Through bilateral stimulation techniques like eye movement or auditory cues, the therapist supports the client in reprocessing traumatic memories, reducing distressing symptoms, and fostering resilience.


3. Somatic Experiencing (SE) Therapy


Somatic Experiencing Therapy, developed by Peter A. Levine, recognizes that trauma is held not only in our minds but also in our bodies. SE focuses on the physical sensations and movements associated with trauma, aiming to release trapped energy and restore the body's natural self-regulation. By gently guiding clients to notice bodily sensations, emotions, and nervous system responses, SE facilitates the completion of the body's natural trauma response cycle.


Working with an SE therapist creates a safe container for exploring bodily experiences related to trauma. The therapist helps clients increase their awareness of bodily sensations, supports the release of stored trauma energy, and guides them towards developing new, healthy responses to stress.


Piece the puzzle together: Work with a Psychotherapist


Psychotherapist

Trauma therapy is a specialized field that requires the support and expertise of a qualified psychotherapist.


A therapist trained in trauma treatment understands the intricacies of trauma's impact on the individual and relationships. They provide a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to explore their experiences, process their emotions, and develop effective coping strategies.


Therapy offers an opportunity to gain insights into the origins of trauma-related challenges, develop resilience, and learn skills to enhance relationships. A skilled therapist will tailor the treatment approach to the individual's unique needs, integrating evidence-based techniques to promote healing and growth.


Summary


Healing from trauma is a courageous journey that requires compassionate support and effective therapeutic interventions. The Internal Family Systems model, Brainspotting, and Somatic Experiencing Therapy offer valuable approaches to trauma healing, addressing the psychological, neural, and somatic aspects of trauma. By seeking the guidance of a qualified therapist, individuals can begin to heal, regain a sense of self, and build healthier relationships with themselves and others. Remember, the path to healing is possible, and reaching out for help is the first step toward reclaiming a life free from the shackles of trauma.



 


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FAQ's


What is trauma?

Trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that can have lasting negative effects on a person's mental and emotional health. It can be caused by a wide range of events, including physical or sexual assault, war, natural disasters, or accidents.


What are the symptoms of trauma?

Symptoms of trauma can vary but may include intrusive thoughts or memories, nightmares, flashbacks, avoidance of triggers, heightened anxiety, irritability, difficulty concentrating, changes in mood or sleep patterns, social withdrawal, and physical symptoms like headaches or stomachaches. It's important to seek professional help if experiencing these symptoms to address and heal from the effects of trauma.


What are the different types of trauma therapy?

There are various types of trauma therapy approaches that can help individuals heal from trauma. Some examples include Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy, which focuses on healing internal conflicts and developing self-compassion, Brainspotting, which targets trauma stored in the subcortical brain through eye positions, and Somatic Experiencing (SE) Therapy, which addresses trauma through bodily sensations and restoring the body's natural self-regulation. These therapies aim to promote healing and resilience by addressing trauma at different levels of experience - internal, neural, and somatic.


How do I know if I need trauma therapy?

If you are experiencing symptoms of trauma, it is important to seek professional help. A therapist can help you to understand your trauma and develop coping mechanisms.


Where can I find trauma therapy?

You can find trauma therapy by scheduling a free 15-minute consultation with our experienced psychotherapists. Our team is committed to providing compassionate and personalized care, helping you navigate life's challenges and embrace your vulnerability. Take the first step towards a more fulfilled and authentic life by booking your consultation today.



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