If you or someone you know have a history of trauma and experience symptoms lasting months, it might be time to consider trauma therapy.
Trauma-focused therapy can provide a private safe space for the treatment of PTSD, childhood trauma, and dissociative disorders caused by trauma.
Trauma therapy may occur in an individual, group, or family setting. However, due to the nature of trauma, individual psychotherapy is usually the basis for lasting recovery from trauma.
During individual psychotherapy, clinicians may utilize a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and other psychodynamic therapy. This combination allows veterans to address their trauma, fully process it, and learn techniques to relax and form healthy coping mechanisms.
In some cases, clinicians will also teach veterans desensitization techniques, which can help veterans feel less impacted by the trauma and respond to traumatic memories or stressors in measured, healthy ways.
All of these methods used in individual psychotherapy help veterans learn how to break negative thought patterns and fully understand their experience. Then, they can better process their memories, thoughts, and emotions healthily.
Specialized Trauma Treatments
Beyond the standard psychotherapy options, specialized trauma treatments like the one’s at Solara Mental Health may provide additional benefits.
One such treatment is eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. This practice directs eye movements in a way that allows veterans to reprocess their traumatic experiences, thus relieving the pain they cause.
Integrative Trauma Treatment
Integrative trauma treatment can be thought of as holistic trauma therapy. The goal of integrative trauma treatment is to establish a good correlation between mind and body.
With the unusual physical nature of trauma, trauma survivors often have difficult, confusing, or complicated feelings about their bodies or physical abilities. To correct this compound problem, physical practices help those facing traumas develop a more positive outlook.
Through yoga classes and physical fitness exercises, patients can further the healing process. These allow veterans to free more stress, direct energy to useful activities, release pleasurable endorphins, and gain a new sense of mastery over their bodies.
Trauma disorders sometimes come with symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, or depression. For veterans dealing with these symptoms, medication is sometimes needed.
In these cases, our clinicians will work with veterans to help them find the best medication for them and their treatment progression.