Traumatic experiences can trigger us and keep us trapped in an endless cycle of fear and powerlessness.
Counseling can help you stop the cycle and break free of your fear. Take back your life today!
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We now know traumatic memories are stored in the brain differently than good memories.
Like a disorganized filing cabinet, these improperly stored negative memories can come back up when we are triggered. This causes us to relive those emotions and reactions as if we were reliving the situation. We may also experience other unwanted feelings emotionally and physically when we are triggered. These flashbacks to traumatic memories can destroy our lives, leaving us triggered and afraid, sometimes without even realizing why or what happened.
With trauma counseling, it is possible to reprocess and restore these memories in a way that lessens the symptoms of fear, anxiety, stress, and rage.
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Q: WHAT IS TRAUMA?
Trauma is an emotional response to a negative event or threat. Trauma could stem from a personal betrayal, an accident, a natural disaster, or other events where fear and a loss of control are experienced. This trauma could induce flashbacks, unpredictable emotions, strained relationships, and in some cases, physical symptoms such as headaches or nausea.
Q: HOW CAN COUNSELING HELP ME HEAL FROM TRAUMA?
Past trauma can leave lasting effects on our lives. Many experience insomnia, anxiety, stress, depression, and rage in the aftermath of a traumatic experience. Sometimes these emotions overwhelm us seemingly randomly when in actuality we have been triggered to relive those emotions by a reminder of the original experience.
Trauma counseling can help you reprocess the memory of your trauma in order to lessen or remove those negative residual emotions and flashbacks and find lasting peace.
Q: WHAT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE TRAUMA THERAPY?
There are many ways to help your brain heal from trauma.
Techniques such as DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) can help you understand and think about the trauma differently and give you tools to manage your emotional response.
While these techniques are effective tools to combat feelings of anxiety and powerlessness, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is the most effective trauma therapy. EMDR can actually help your brain more effectively process those traumatic memories and adaptively store them so they are no longer intrusive.
Q: WHAT IS EMDR AND HOW CAN IT HELP?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of psychotherapy that allows you to heal from emotional distress that is the result of traumatic events that have happened in your life. EMDR Therapy focuses on the belief that traumatic experiences and memories can act as roadblocks in the healing process. EMDR helps put these memories away, so they become a part of your history and not part of your identity. Once that is done, your body’s natural healing process can resume.
When traumatic events happen to us, those memories are stored in the brain with no time or date associated with them. This can cause us to feel like those events are happening all over again when we are triggered.
EMDR helps by changing the way these traumatic or negative memories are stored in your brain. EMDR therapy helps you file these memories away by the date that they occurred and resolve the unprocessed memories that stand between you and healing. EMDR does this by replicating your body’s natural memory processing system that occurs during REM sleep. You may not forget these traumatic memories but it will make them easier to deal with.