Individuals who have experienced serious trauma in their past may benefit from trauma counseling or therapy.
Trauma is permanent damage to the psyche that occurs following a traumatic event. A traumatic event may be personally experienced by you through recurring episodes of sexual, physical, or verbal abuse; or a singular event such as surviving a serious car accident, natural disaster, or other catastrophe like war or mass violence. Trauma can also develop from just witnessing an event. For example when a child sees a parent being abused and is unable to stop it, the child may have lingering psychological damage that can be addressed through therapy.
Traumatic experiences often overwhelm the victim with feelings of hopeless, confusion, or depression. Childhood trauma, especially if left untreated, can affect you throughout your entire adult life. It is never to late to get help to overcome a past trauma.
How can Trauma Therapy help?
We have years of experience helping both children and adults move beyond past trauma. We understand it can be difficult to express your feelings regarding your traumatic experience and even more difficult to cope with them.
Therapies used to treatment psychological trauma can include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Brief therapy
- Psychodynamic psychotherapy
- Play therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Narrative therapy
Through counseling, we will work with you to find the best approach for your situation. Together, with your therapist, you gradually explore the painful memories associated with your event so you are no long stifled by them. Then you can be free to learn how to cope by developing emotionally fulfilling alternatives to the negative thoughts and feelings of the past. You can finally overcome the lingering effects of your trauma and begin to lead a happier, healthier life.
If you live in the St. Peters, MO area and cannot get over a past traumatic event, please contact us. We would like to help.