Healing from traumatic experiences can pose challenging, emotional, and turbulent. When you suffer from severe trauma, you may constantly have negative thoughts, encounter triggers, and have overwhelming emotions that make you feel trapped or scared. As experts in EMDR therapy in Orlando, we know that you do not have to live with the emotional turmoil of your trauma if you get the help you need. There are a few different therapy approaches that can help you heal from your trauma.
Many people have the option of adding medication to their daily lives in order to cope with their trauma. While medication may not completely solve their problems, it can lessen the severity of emotions regarding their trauma, which can allow you to cope through everyday life. Medications are used to treat symptoms such as intrusive thoughts, depression, anxiety, irritability, and reactivity. Often times, medication is paired with therapy sessions for the best results.
Behavior therapy is a common therapy approach often used to treat emotional responses to trauma. Through these processes, you can come face-to-face with your traumatic experiences and learn how to deal with them in a healthy, productive way. Although starting these therapy processes may be challenging, you will eventually feel more comfortable and start to heal. Exposure therapy and behavior therapy have also been found effective at reducing issues like anxiety and depression related to your past experience.
If you experience anxiety as a result of your trauma, you may want to try cognitive behavior therapy. This approach focuses on decreasing the negative thoughts in your mind by replacing them with positive associations. Over time, you can start to decrease the intrusive thought pattern by replacing it with a new cycle of more positive, true thoughts. This technique aims to treat the effects of stress and anxiety, which can overwhelm those who have suffered through severe traumas.
A new approach to therapy, EMDR therapy in Orlando, focuses on creating distractions to promote more positive thinking and disrupt the negative thought process often associated with trauma. You will be asked to create a safe place so that you can begin to associate your trauma with things you love in your life. Therapists will work with you to create disruptions when you are thinking about trauma, often by tapping, touching, or creating eye movements, that will disrupt your thinking and help you heal.
Sometimes it is helpful to talk though your trauma with those who have gone through similar experiences. In group therapy, you can learn from the experiences of others, feel safe to discuss your own experiences, and talk with a therapist as you all work through your trauma together. This comradery may help you to feel less alone and also try coping strategies that have proven successful for others.
By understanding the different approaches to therapy, you can learn the best way to overcome your trauma and work through a difficult memory or past experience. If you are carrying trauma with you through life, you may want to consider seeking the help of a professional counselor. Contact Orlando Thrive Therapy to hear about how we can help you start thriving today.
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.