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Therapy Can Help You Cope With Trauma

Trauma is a lifelong companion that can cause many problems, but therapy is an effective way to learn how to cope with it. There are many ways to heal and cope with trauma via therapy, so we have written this article to help you learn about the benefits. Keep reading if you are ready to learn how therapy can help you cope with trauma!

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What is Trauma Based Therapy?

Trauma-based therapy is focused on helping people learn to identify, process, and cope with traumatic events that have happened in their lives. Since trauma can take on many forms, as every person is different, how your trauma therapy journey looks will differ from others, so you should remember not to compare yourself to others.

Your therapist helps you work through your trauma in a safe environment without fear of judgment or repercussion. Trauma therapy gives you the chance to get everything on your mind out into the open without worrying about suffering repercussions because you finally speak your mind.

Benefits of Trauma Therapy

Before scheduling an appointment with a trauma therapist, most people want to know how they will benefit from therapy sessions. The experience and benefits will vary from person to person, as everyone has a different form of trauma to work through, but some of the common benefits are:

  • Learning about trauma and how it affects you

  • Practice trauma processing

  • Identify your triggers and learn how to best avoid them

  • Re-establish safety

  • Decrease your trauma stress symptoms

Goals of Trauma Therapy

Your goals for trauma therapy will probably look different from another person, but as a general rule, there is a set of goals that trauma therapists have for patients. These goals include:

  • Boosting your day-to-day functioning

  • Focusing on the present

  • Equipping you with skills to deal with relapses

  • Successfully handling the event or events that happened

  • Helping you regain your “personal hey power”

While you do not need to set goals when going into trauma therapy, having a general idea of what you want from it can be a great help.

Types of Therapy Used for Working Through Trauma

Trauma therapists use various methods to help their patients work through trauma, as different methods will work for different people. Some of the most commonly used a therapy techniques include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PET)

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Medications can also be helpful when combined with trauma therapy. The most commonly prescribed for trauma are SSRI antidepressants, though you and your therapist will work out the best action plan for your needs. Not everyone needs medications, but they can work well in conjunction with traditional therapy for severe cases.

Bring Peace Back into Your Life

Working through trauma in therapy can be a difficult task, taking years to fully detangle the injuries done to your brain. Our certified trauma therapists at San Antonio Authentic Counseling are here to help you through your journey and bring peace back into your life. Contact us if you are ready to begin your trauma therapy!

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