Have you ever experienced or witnessed a disturbing event that stuck with you for days, maybe even weeks afterward? This is a mere taste of trauma. Trauma is a disturbing event that causes psychological distress, often for years following. The individual can develop symptoms like shock, anger, irritability, guilt, anxiety, and withdrawal from others, all of which make day to day functioning difficult. Additionally, if they fail to properly confront and process their trauma, they can go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“Then again, he supposed the healing process, in contrast to trauma, was gentle and slow… the soft closing of a door, rather than a slam.” –JR Ward
When someone experiences a traumatic event, their brain changes. It enters a state of hyperarousal, in which it’s always looking for dangerous or threatening externals. Think loud or sudden noises and quick movements. And it pays expressly close attention to threats that remind you of your previous trauma; hence, triggers.
The fortunate part is that there is help available. Professional help that can assist individuals in managing their trauma symptoms, healing from PTSD, and ultimately moving forward with their life—one that isn’t hung up on a terrible event in the past. We have trauma therapists here at Thriveworks Counseling in Attleboro who can provide you with this help and support. To schedule your appointment, just call our office at (508) 205-0195.
Trauma Help: Do I Need Trauma Therapy?
As we started to discuss, trauma sticks with us—sometimes for months, sometimes for years after the event. It all depends on when and how we address our trauma. “The major symptoms of PTSD include irritability, agitation, hypervigilance, anxious or depressed mood, social isolation, nightmares, and flashbacks,” explains Paige Hartmann, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at Thriveworks in Attleboro, MA. “Symptoms such as social isolation/avoidance and anxious/depressed mood may emerge first as full symptoms of PTSD often do not present until several months or even up to a year later following exposure to a traumatic event.”
To recover and move on, we must open up about our experience as well as how it has affected us. What emotions are you experiencing? Are you struggling at work or in your relationships as a result? Talking to a trusted loved one can prove beneficial, but working with a mental health professional can help you make leaps and bounds in your recovery.
The trauma therapists and PTSD therapists at Thriveworks Counseling in Attleboro have impressive skillsets and ample experience specific to trauma recovery. They can offer that unbiased, nonjudgmental, and professional relationship that will empower you to open up and heal. They will also teach you valuable tools for managing your trauma and/or PTSD symptoms well. Finally, they will provide you with endless support on your recovery journey.
How Does Trauma Therapy Work? Can It Help Me?
Trauma therapy is one form of trauma treatment that has proven to help many people process and heal from their traumatic experiences. This specific approach to treatment requires delving into your experience and discussing it with a trained professional. If you decide to partner with one of our trauma therapists, they will listen intently and then develop an individualized treatment plan that will best meet your unique needs. “Therapy can help one manage their symptoms of PTSD by developing coping skills and grounding techniques to utilize when flashbacks or other triggers/symptoms related to their trauma arise,” Hartmann explains. “Individuals are able to work through their trauma in a therapeutic setting when they establish a strong rapport with their therapist and begin to feel comfortable processing their traumatic experience at their own pace.”
Primary goals for trauma therapy include:
- Learning to better manage your trauma/PTSD symptoms
- Shifting your focus from your past trauma to your promising future
- Improving steadily throughout treatment
- Taking back control over your own life
These goals will help you process all of your pent-up emotions related to your trauma and in turn heal. You might have other goals to tack on to the list, too. Whatever the case is, the trauma specialists at Thriveworks in Attleboro are here to guide on your journey that is healing from your traumatic experience. They want to help you find hope, health, and happiness again.
Schedule Trauma Therapy at Thriveworks Counseling in Attleboro, MA
Are you left reeling after a traumatic experience? We know that you might be feeling hopeless and scared right now, but we want you to know that we can help you. Thriveworks Counseling in Attleboro, MA has trauma therapists and PTSD counselors who can provide you with life-changing guidance and support. They will help you turn away from the past and walk forward confidently into your future.
To begin working with one of our trauma therapists, just give our office a call at (508) 205-0195. We can get you scheduled and set up to meet with your provider ASAP. For many new clients, this means meeting their therapist within 24 hours of their call. Also, keep in mind that we have in-person and online therapy sessions available.