What is Trauma Therapy and How Can it Help?
Trauma therapy is a type of therapy that is designed to help individuals who have experienced a traumatic event or have been exposed to trauma in their lives. Trauma therapy is focused on helping individuals process and cope with the emotional, psychological, and physical effects of trauma, which can be very big and change lifes of individuals completely. There are a view psychosomatic hospitals like Tranquillum Clinic, who are specialized in Trauma Therapy.
What is a Trauma
Trauma refers to an emotional or psychological response to a distressing or disturbing event or experience that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope. Traumatic events can be singular, such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, or a violent crime. Trauma can also be cumulative, resulting from ongoing experiences such as emotional, physical, or sexual abuse.
Traumatic events can cause a range of emotional and psychological reactions, including fear, anxiety, helplessness, anger, and grief. These reactions can be immediate or delayed, and they may persist long after the traumatic event has ended.
Trauma can have a significant impact on an individual’s life, including their relationships, work, and overall well-being. It can lead to symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.
It is important to note that what may be traumatic for one person may not be for another, as individuals can experience and react to events in different ways. Trauma is a personal and subjective experience, and seeking support from trauma therapy can help individuals process and heal from their unique experiences.
Trauma therapy can help individuals by providing a safe and supportive environment where they can process their traumatic experiences. This can help individuals to better understand and make sense of their trauma, and to develop coping skills that can help them manage their emotions and reactions to trauma triggers. Trauma therapy can also help individuals to reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which are common after-effects of trauma.
What is PTDS?
PTSD stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is a mental health condition that can develop after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, serious accident, physical or sexual assault, or combat.
People with PTSD may experience intense and disturbing thoughts, feelings, and memories related to the traumatic event. They may also have nightmares or flashbacks, feel on edge or hypervigilant, avoid situations or people that remind them of the event, and have difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
Symptoms of PTSD can be severe and can significantly impact a person’s daily life, relationships, and overall well-being.
How trauma (PTDS) effects the mind
Trauma can have a significant impact on an individual’s mind, resulting in a range of emotional, cognitive, and behavioral changes. The effects of trauma can vary between individuals, depending on the severity, duration, and nature of the traumatic event.
Some ways that trauma can affect the mind include:
- Emotional distress: Trauma can lead to intense and distressing emotions, such as fear, anxiety, anger, guilt, and shame. These emotions can be overwhelming and difficult to manage, leading to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness.
- Cognitive changes: Trauma can also impact an individual’s thinking and perception of the world. They may struggle with memory, attention, and concentration, and have negative thoughts about themselves, others, and the world around them. They may also experience dissociation, which is a feeling of being disconnected from one’s surroundings or oneself.
- Behavioral changes: Trauma can also affect an individual’s behavior and their ability to function in daily life. They may engage in avoidance behaviors, such as avoiding people, places, or situations that trigger traumatic memories. They may also engage in self-destructive behaviors, such as substance abuse, self-harm, or risky sexual behavior.
How trauma (PTDS) effects the body
Trauma can have a significant impact on an individual’s body, leading to a range of physical symptoms and health problems. The effects of trauma on the body can vary depending on the nature, duration, and severity of the traumatic event.
Some ways that trauma can affect the body include:
- Increased stress response: Trauma can activate the body’s stress response, leading to an increase in stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. This can cause physical symptoms such as a rapid heartbeat, sweating, and trembling.
- Chronic pain: Trauma can also lead to physical pain, particularly in the form of chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia or headaches.
- Gastrointestinal problems: Trauma can lead to gastrointestinal problems such as nausea, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Sleep disturbances: Trauma can also interfere with sleep, leading to difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or nightmares.
- Immune system dysfunction: Trauma can affect the body’s immune system, making individuals more susceptible to infections and illnesses.
- Substance abuse: Trauma can also increase the risk of substance abuse and addiction, which can further damage the body’s physical health.
- Physical symptoms: Trauma can also have physical effects on the body, including headaches, stomach problems, chronic pain, and insomnia.
How does trauma therapy work?
There a some good Trauma therapy methods we use in Tranquillum Clinic. Here I want to focus on my favorite therapy method in Tranquillum Clinic: Somatic Experience by Peter Levine. Trauma therapy developed by Peter Levine, called Somatic Experiencing (SE), focuses on helping individuals release and heal from trauma by working with the body’s natural healing processes. This approach is based on the idea that trauma is not only stored in the mind but also in the body and nervous system.
Somatic Experiencing involves working with the body’s sensations and movements to release the energy that has been trapped by the traumatic experience. This approach aims to help individuals re-regulate their nervous system and increase their ability to manage and cope with stress.
The therapy process in Tranquillum Clinic involves a therapist guiding the individual with mindfulness through different body sensations, feelings, and movements related to the traumatic event. The therapist may help the individual recognize when they are feeling overwhelmed and guide them to move through the sensations to release the energy that has been trapped in the body.
Through this process, individuals can learn to regulate their nervous system, release pent-up energy, and build resilience in the face of stress and trauma. Somatic Experiencing can be helpful for a range of trauma-related symptoms, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
It is important to note that Somatic Experiencing should only be conducted by a trained therapist who has experience in working with trauma. The therapy process can be intense, and individuals may experience strong emotions during the session. However, many people have found Somatic Experiencing to be a powerful and effective way to heal from trauma and move forward in their healing journey.
Overall, trauma therapy can help individuals to regain a sense of control and safety in their lives after experiencing trauma, and to get fully recovered from PTDS.
Here at Tranquillum Clinic, we specialise in trauma treatments. Because this treatment requires special attention and protection for our patients. Through the chosen framework of private individual therapy and our diverse experience in dealing with the psyche and the body, we can offer this to the highest degree.