When a person experiences trauma, they rarely have the coping skills to help them effectively process the experience. This is not their fault. Few of us were given tools to help to deal with traumatic incidents. Poor processing of traumatic events can lead to mental health disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder or PTSD. Individual trauma therapy helps a client reprocess those experiences and learn to cope with feelings of anxiety related to one or more incidents.
Individual Trauma Treatment
There are many experiences that can cause trauma in a person’s life. Some of the most common types of trauma include:
- Critical, unpredictable or alcoholic home
- Verbal, physical or sexual abuse by parent, caretaker or sibling
- Neglect or abandonment
- Birth trauma – either giving birth or being born
- Divorce – either parents divorced or as an adult going through divorce
- Loss, grief, unresolved situations
- Attacks, rape or disaster
- Events during or after active addiction
- Car accidents – symptoms may not appear until months later
- Medical procedures or fear of procedures
Any traumatic event can adversely affect a person’s mental health and quality of life. Often, the brain becomes overwhelmed and does not properly process or “store” these traumatic memories, which leads them to experience stress and symptoms of mental health disorders. Some of the most common mental health disorders associated with trauma are anxiety and PTSD.
PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a condition where a person has difficulty overcoming anxiety and fear related to a traumatic incident. They may experience flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety when reminded of the event. In individual trauma counseling, therapists help clients reprocess these memories so they no longer upset them and also develop healthy coping mechanisms during flashbacks or panic attacks.
What Happens in Individual Trauma Therapy?
In individual counseling therapy, a counselor will work with you to better understand your trauma and the way it affects your quality of life. After evaluation, a counselor will use a variety of techniques to address the issues a client faces. Depending on the client’s experience and how they respond to individual trauma treatment, the counselor may use techniques such as:
- Anxiety therapy
- EMDR therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Somatic therapy
Alongside individual talk therapy, these techniques can help clients unpack memories, feelings, and thoughts in ways that talk therapy cannot.
Do I Have to Share Everything?
When you enter trauma counseling, you begin building a relationship with your counselor. Recovering from trauma is a long journey, and your counselor is there to guide you throughout the process.
It’s understandable if you’re not ready to share everything right away. Trauma can be difficult to unpack, especially if it’s your first time discussing it with anyone. A counselor has the training to help you explore your memories in a comfortable and healthy manner, and it’s their job to make you feel as safe as possible during individual trauma treatment.
Once you form a trusting bond with your counselor, you can share more difficult details of your trauma. Everyone recovers at their own pace, so there’s nothing wrong with taking your time.
Healing Starts at Trauma Counseling Center
Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles is the leader in trauma recovery. Everyone’s journey with overcoming trauma is unique, and the professionals at Trauma Counseling Center have the experience and compassion to help you learn to understand your pain and move past it. In addition to individual trauma therapy, we also offer services such as:
If you’re ready to take the first step in your journey of healing and get started with individual trauma therapy, then call Trauma Counseling Center today at 855-997-7101. We offer real trauma treatment for real people, so don’t hesitate to call today.