Trauma comes in many different forms. For instance, through childhood abuse or neglect, involvement in a frightening or life threatening event, or through having lived through unhealthy or destructive relationships.
Trauma can significantly impact many parts of your life
It is common for those who have lived through trauma to experience changes in eating or sleeping patterns, anxiety, depression, avoidance of people or places that bring up the trauma, and feeling easily triggered into painful memories or feelings related to the trauma. Trauma can also impact your relationships and self-esteem. Traumas are often senseless, thus, by definition it is very difficult to make sense of them.
You can heal and find a sense of safety.
With the help of evidenced-based trauma treatments, therapy with a clinical psychologist can help you make sense of what happened to you, process the related feelings, and work towards a sense of calm and safety in your life. In our work together, we will build resiliency, increase self-confidence, and develop healthy ways to cope with difficult emotions. With the right therapy and a psychologist with whom you feel safe and comfortable, it is possible to put the trauma behind you, feel connected, and move forward with your life.
I’m afraid of talking about my trauma.
I get that. And you wont be expected to talk about it until you are ready. In the beginning of trauma treatment, we will address the immediate problems in your life that are causing you the most pain (e.g., difficulty regulating your feelings). As you begin to feel more stable and feel ready to manage the memories and feelings related to the trauma, we will move towards trauma processing. Know that the pace of therapy is up to you – together, we will collaboratively decide on goals and the best course of treatment.
I’ve heard that trauma therapy takes a while and is expensive.
Indeed, trauma treatment can take time. You are invited to think about trauma therapy as an investment in yourself, your well being, and your future. Untreated trauma can have significant negative impact on your mood, anxiety, and daily functioning. With appropriate trauma therapy, over time, you will feel better as you gain control over your emotions and behaviours, and improve your day to day functioning.