Trauma is not always easily recognizable and can take different forms for different people. It's important to remember that trauma is based on how an event impacted you, rather than a universal definition. Think of trauma as an experience that had a significant impact on your overall well-being, leaving you feeling distressed, overwhelmed, and struggling to cope for an extended period of time. It might have affected you emotionally, physically, or even changed the way you see yourself and the world around you. The effects of trauma can manifest in various ways. For example, you might find yourself constantly on edge, feeling anxious or hypervigilant. You might have difficulty sleeping, experience mood swings, or find it challenging to trust others. These reactions are your mind and body's way of trying to protect you. It's important to recognize that trauma is not a measure of your strength or character. It's simply a response to a distressing event that overwhelmed your ability to cope at that time. It's understandable to struggle with acknowledging trauma, but remember that seeking support and understanding can be crucial in your healing journey.
Trauma Therapy involves a specific evidenced based modality such as EMDR, IFS or TF-CBT. These evidenced models use very specific techniques such as movement, parts-work, and story telling to reprocess the traumatic memories and integrate them in a less distressing way. After engaging in trauma therapy, clients describe having less distress from their past memories, and more control over their lives. Clients who complete trauma therapy have significantly less trauma symptoms and feel as if they “are back in control over their life again, not stuck in the past.” Finding a therapist that is trained in a trauma modality is key. As clients begin to work on their trauma in therapy, they often notice a decrease in anxiety, depression, flashbacks, emotional behavioral issues, nightmares, chronic stress and more. Trauma therapy is more than just talking about the bad things that happened. Creative modalities such as art, music, play etc can also be incorporated to trauma therapy.
Did you know that traumatic memories are stored differently in the brain? Because of the way trauma is stored in our body, we are often stuck in some very unhelpful trauma behaviors and are easily triggered. Processing trauma memories requires more than just simply “talking about what happened.” By engaging in trauma therapy, clients are guided through specific techniques in session to create a new pathway in the brain. Through this process clients can actually reprocess and store traumatic memories in a new less harmful way. The body is then able to regulate and move forward past the trauma into new coping mechanisms and a new hopeful way of living life.
A Trauma Therapist is a licensed clinician who receives specialized training in an evidence based trauma modality. Evidenced based trauma treatments such as EMDR, IFS or TF-CBT are considered the standard for trauma recovery. Receiving a credentialed in one of these modalities requires hours of hands on training, hours of consultation and supervision, and sometimes a credentialing test. able to use modalities like these. Trauma treatment should involve more than simply talking about trauma, healing trauma treatment should include the body in the process through simple, nonthreatening directives such as bilateral movement, breath work, regulation, etc.
Trauma can be difficult to define, but it shows up for all of us at some point. Trauma might be a scary, disturbing or overwhelming event, series of events or an environment filled with chronic stress.
Trauma symptoms are complicated and different for everyone. There is no one way that trauma looks. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, reach out to our team today. Trauma symptoms can look can look like:
At Mosaic we are here to help trauma survivors put the pieces of life back together again. You can recover from trauma. Mosaic offers Tallahassee and the state of Florida trauma counseling and trauma therapy that offers holistic trauma recovery.
If you have questions about your own experiences, want to explore the possible effects of trauma in your own life, reach out today!
EMDR is evidence based and extremely effective in diminishing trauma symptoms. This trauma therapy process involves activating both sides of our brain at the same time through “bilateral stimulation.” During this counseling process traumatic memories can be reprocessed by the brain. This leads to significant decrease in symptoms and overall trauma recovery. Mosaic offers EMDR to the Tallahassee community and the state of Florida.
IFS can also be known as “parts work.” This evidenced based trauma therapy allows all “parts” of a person to be heard, acknowledged and seen. This counseling treatment decreases the trauma symptoms by unburden the “parts” of us that carry the traumatic experience. This treatment offers the Tallahassee community holistic trauma recovery and leaves survivors finally feeling in control of their lives.
TF-CBT is evidence based trauma recovery for children 17 and under. This is a collaborative counseling treatment where child survivors of trauma learn coping skills to manage their trauma symptoms. TF-CBT involves telling the trauma story and correcting distorted beliefs of blame and shame. This trauma therapy treatment partners with guardians and parents to offer support during the recovery process. Mosaic provides TF-CBT to the Tallahassee community.
Below are some common myths about trauma.
While time is a factor in the healing process, it is not a solution for overcoming trauma. Think of trauma as a wound. When we properly treat and dress the wound it will heal overtime. But without proper treatment, the wound will get infected and actually get worse overtime. Recovery from trauma requires professional support, self-care practices, and the development of coping mechanisms. Ignoring or minimizing the impact of trauma can impede healing and prolong the distressing effects.
Trauma is not a reflection of personal weakness or failure! What happened to you was not your fault! It was an understandable response to overwhelming or distressing experiences. Blaming oneself for the trauma can further compound the emotional burden and hinder the healing process.
Trauma is not always immediately apparent. Trauma can be easily recognizable in some cases, but it can also be subtle or hidden. Emotional and psychological trauma, such as the loss of a loved one or ongoing stress, may not be immediately evident to others but can still have a significant impact on an individual's well-being. Each person's response to trauma is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all reaction. While some individuals may exhibit more obvious symptoms, others may internalize their distress. The effects of trauma can vary widely depending on factors such as personality, resilience, and available support systems.
One common misconception is that trauma is limited to events like natural disasters or violent incidents, or the military. However, trauma can occur as a result of various experiences, including walking on eggshells in your home, emotional manipulation, neglect, or ongoing exposure to stressful situations, etc. One rule we have in trauma recovery is that we don’t compare traumas. While others may have had it worse than us, their hardships do not dismiss our own experiences.
Several of our therapists are trained in these trauma recovery modalities listed above to help clients in Tallahassee and the state of Florida fully recover from trauma. If you have more questions about trauma therapy or specific trauma counseling techniques reach out today!
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