What is trauma?
Trauma can be described as a difficult experience that leaves a person feeling overwhelmed, frightened, and/or helpless. Some people return to normal quickly after experiencing a trauma; however, other people need counseling and/or support to get better.
How is trauma treated?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) - EMDR is a form of therapy that involves some sort of back and forth movement such as your eyes moving back and forth while you think about an issue you are dealing with. Through the completion of more than 20 research studies, EMDR has been proven to be one of the most effective forms of therapy for treating trauma. Studies have shown significant improvement in up to 90% of persons who participate in EMDR.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - This form of therapy involves looking at how your thoughts, feelings and behaviors are interrelated. It involves examining unhelpful thought patterns and unhelpful ways of reacting to situations. The end goal of CBT is to change your patterns of thinking and behavior which then changes the way you feel.
Traditional Talk Therapy - This form of therapy involves having the client discuss their current stressors, life situation, and trauma history while the therapist listens and asks appropriate questions to help the client examine and process their experience. Some clients find this form of therapy to be effective because it helps them to think through things and make decisions on how to handle situations in their life. It can also help the client to view their issues from a different perspective.
Learn more about trauma...
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- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides many resources on their website for parents, caregivers, and providers.
- The Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health of Australia includes handouts about trauma and a short video describing trauma
- This Ted Talk discusses awareness of childhood trauma.
- This Ted Talk discusses resilience in persons who have experienced trauma.