When our counselors meet with clients for the first time, the question we usually hear is “What is trauma therapy?” because there are so many different forms of it. It can range from exposure therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and even choice theory and reality therapy. These are just some therapy styles but there are plenty more under the trauma counseling umbrella.
If you have experienced trauma in your life and are seeking trauma therapy in Orlando, then speaking with a trauma therapist can be the next best thing. Initially, trauma is something that happens to you in response to an intense event that you experience. This can be physical, mental, verbal, or emotional. Often, childhood trauma can affect and carry on through your adult life without you even realizing it.
The next question to ask then is where do you go for trauma therapy and the answer is simple and direct -a therapist who specializes or has certifications in trauma. The Orlando trauma therapist will initially try to work you through the trauma that you are experiencing by challenging the cognitive functioning and mental imagery that appears when you are responding to that stimulus. Your response to trauma can be shown through your dialogue, behaviors, and nonverbal behaviors, as well as anything around you, which can be a trigger for the trauma to arise. It can feel as though you are powerless to the trauma.
Trauma counselors at Orlando Thrive Therapy are here to tell you, you can become powerful and overcome this trauma. You just have to be willing to try. Trauma therapy itself is not easy because it will bring up events and memories that are unpleasant but allow you to restructure them in a way that makes coping and living with the trauma easier.
On average, trauma therapy takes at least 10-12 weeks to perform and allow for new cognitive thinking to surface. The best thing we can tell you is that the choice you make to pursue trauma counseling is a brave, courageous, and strong one because it is the first step of achieving your own personal freedom. Before you begin, have a support system outside of the therapist's office that you can rely on one to give you support as well as have self-care to give you some personal time to enjoy life and appreciate you. The trauma happened, yes that is a face, but the trauma does not control or hold power over you. You hold power over the trauma.
Consider speaking to a trauma therapy specialist in Winter Garden or Orlando. Your trauma specialist will guide you through this empowering journey step by step, you are not alone.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.