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Do You Ever Wonder If There’s Trauma In Your Past?

  • Have you struggled with mental health issues all your life, but you’re not sure why?
  • Do you have a hard time relaxing and feeling safe in your body?
  • Is there a painful past experience that makes it difficult to feel present in your life?

Maybe you feel depressed, anxious, irritable, and easily startled or agitated. Perhaps you suffer from constant mood swings, emotional dysregulation, or even chronic pain. You might find yourself avoiding people, places, and things that remind you of past hurt. Over time, this could lead to isolation and cause you to withdraw from friends and family. As a result, you may be wondering if it’s time to see a trauma specialist. 

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You Might Tell Yourself That You Don’t Have Trauma And Others Have Experienced Worse

Each time you wonder if there’s trauma in your past, you may try to rationalize your way out of it. Maybe you’ve told yourself that other people have experienced worse and deserve treatment more than you. If your trauma stems from an abusive relationship, you may blame yourself for the other person’s actions or deny that they did anything wrong.

All of these thoughts are natural attempts to cope with the pain of trauma. But the truth is that everyone who’s hurting deserves help and support. After all, pain is pain—there’s no such thing as the trauma Olympics and there’s no need to compare your experience to other people’s.

Here at Green Heart Therapy, our goal is to help you gain control over your triggers, find freedom from trauma, and feel safe in your own skin. 

Virtually Everyone Has Suffered From Trauma—Whether They Know It Or Not

When most people think of trauma and PTSD, they think of natural disasters and military combat. And while those experiences are certainly traumatizing, the actual spectrum of trauma goes far beyond that. Virtually everyone has experienced trauma. Many of them don’t realize it because they’re unaware of how many different forms trauma can take. 

There are three main kinds of traumatic experiences:

  • Developmental trauma, which generally takes place during childhood and includes attachment trauma, adoption trauma, and neglectful or inconsistent caretaking.
  • Interpersonal trauma, which happens in the context of relationships and usually involves abuse, bullying, or sexual trauma.
  • Acute trauma, which stems from one-time events such as a car accident, natural disaster, or violent assault.

Understanding the different types of trauma can help you figure out what kind of treatment would work best for you.

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Many Trauma Survivors Are Afraid To Come Forward About Their Experiences

We’ve all seen it before—people who suffered from violence and abuse come forward about their trauma, only to be ridiculed or outright disbelieved. Many people are quick to defend the abuser, especially if it’s a person in a position of power.

The sad consequence of this reality is that most survivors are too scared to talk about their trauma. Because of the repercussions they could face, they often bottle up their pain and suffer in silence. 

In therapy, you have a chance to share your pain with someone who will hold your story sacred, support you unconditionally, and help you safely process what happened to you.

Therapy Can Help You Recover From Trauma And Rebuild Trust In Your Relationships

Most forms of trauma—betrayal, abuse, neglect, etc.—happen in a relational context. And when you deal with interpersonal trauma, trust is often damaged. Therapy can help you boost your sense of trust and feel more secure in your relationships. You can learn to build healthier connections with others and recreate safety within your brain and body. 

On a deeper level, therapy provides a safe space to process and make meaning out of your trauma. This is a chance to tell your story in your own words and see your situation in a more positive and empowering light. Doing so can help you take back the sense of power that trauma took away.

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What To Expect In Trauma Counseling Sessions

In the beginning, you and your therapist will work on building trust and safety so that you feel comfortable and aren’t worried about being judged. Your therapist will also provide psychoeducation and explain how trauma impacts your brain and body.

Having this knowledge can help you normalize your trauma reactions and understand that you are not to blame for them—your nervous system is responding the way it was designed to. The goal of therapy is simply to manage these reactions so that they do not control your life. 

To that end, you’ll learn various coping and grounding skills for alleviating distress. We’ll help you build your resilience, play to your strengths, and turn to a place of empowerment. This will make it easier to emotionally process your trauma and all the feelings associated with it.

Creating Your Trauma Treatment Plan

Green Heart Therapy draws from a wide variety of approaches to treat trauma. Our therapists often utilize Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based approach that can help you reduce the emotional impact of trauma. Instead of taking painful memories away, EMDR enables you to recall them without feeling overwhelmed. 

For clients struggling with negative thoughts and beliefs, our practice draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). If you’ve always thought “My trauma is my fault” or “I’ll never be able to trust anyone again,” CBT can help you reframe your mindset and be more compassionate toward yourself. 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is similar to CBT but more focused on practical coping skills. Trauma dysregulates your nervous system—DBT can help you learn to self-regulate by giving you strategies for increasing mindfulness and distress tolerance.

No matter how stuck you feel, it’s important to remember that post-traumatic growth is possible. The brain has an incredible capacity for change. Our goal is to help you get in touch with that capacity and practice being patient with yourself in the meantime. After all, healing does not follow a linear process. There may be many ups and downs, but with the right support, you absolutely can put trauma in the rearview mirror of your life.

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You May Have Some Questions And Concerns About Trauma Therapy…

Our therapists are trained to help clients work through trauma and PTSD in a way that doesn’t exacerbate their symptoms. We have a lot of experience doing what we do and will never make you step outside your comfort zone. After all, you control the pacing of your own treatment. While working through trauma may mean confronting painful memories, it will always be done in a gentle way.

That’s okay. Since most traumatic events take place in childhood, it’s normal to have a hazy recollection of what happened. The good news is that you don’t have to remember every single detail of your traumatic experience to heal from it. Our aim is to help you find peace in the present, not endlessly focus on the past. 

There is no magic number of sessions it takes to heal from trauma. Everyone is different. If your trauma stems from a one-time event that happened recently, treatment may be relatively short-term. But if your traumatic experience spanned a long period of time, you may need more sessions to work through your symptoms. Regardless of how long therapy takes, we encourage you to be kind to yourself and understand that healing doesn’t happen overnight.

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Trauma Does Not Define Your Story

So much of your story still has yet to be written. If you want to begin creating a future free from the weight of trauma, we encourage you to pursue counseling with us. To get started, email us or use the scheduling platform to book a free phone consultation.