Experiencing a traumatic event can truly be life changing. It is said that 70% of people will experience a traumatic event within their lifetime. Trauma is processed differently by everyone. Many times, people aren’t even sure how their trauma is impacting their relationships and lives. This can happen when the traumatic event gets pushed down, minimized, or just not processed fully. There are many different approaches to trauma therapy and treatment. That is why when you are looking for trauma based therapy in Simi Valley, it is important to know which approach of therapy is best for you.
Unaddressed trauma can lead to long-term consequences. It can affect one’s personal and professional relationships. It can be rather difficult to let someone really in and allow for close relationships when there is a protective guard around them. This protective shield is there to help people who have experienced trauma feel safe in their world.
Some common effects of trauma include flashbacks, dissociation characterized by feelings of numbness and detachment from the body, and panic attacks. Traumatized people often find it difficult to participate in daily activities due crippling result of their traumas.
Before you start seeing a therapist, do your homework. When deciding what treatment is best for you, consider the following approaches you can choose when seeing a trauma therapist.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
The objective of cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT is to help identify and change negative thought patterns. Also known as a common form of talk therapy, CBT can be done one-on-one or in groups with family members or people grappling with a common mental health problem.
During CBT therapy, a professional helps their patients identify and manage their triggers. Using different forms of rhetorical exercises, therapists teach their client’s how to talk through their past traumas.
Along with these exercises, many therapists also assign homework to their patients to help them practice their skills outside of their sessions. These skills will help the client apply the coping mechanisms learned in CBT to their daily life. It is helpful to incorporate interpersonal approaches with CBT when treating trauma. Talking through trauma isn’t easy and it is essential to foster the relationship between the therapist and the client.
In group therapy, traumatized people meet and discuss their problems as a group. A group is led by a therapist or a peer. The objective of group therapy is to provide support to participants, help them develop a better understanding of their condition and promote healing.
When choosing a group, consider where you are in your healing journey. If you witnessed a traumatic event recently, choose a group that aims to help group members learn coping skills. People in the mourning phase usually prefer a group that allows group members to share their trauma story.
In the digital age, the ability to “connect” with your therapists has taken on a whole new meaning. Alleviate the added stress of going to the therapist with a virtual visit. Online therapy enables mental wellness from anywhere with an internet connection.
From your smartphone or computer, log in to your trauma therapy session with a trained psychologist. At Simi Psychological Group, our virtual therapists can provide our clients with trauma therapy sessions from the comfort of your own home. This virtual therapy allows our patience access to trauma therapy from anywhere with an internet connection.
Regardless of the approach you choose for your trauma based therapy, if you are ready to take back your life from you’re the grips of your past trauma, trauma therapy is right for you.
At Simi Psychological Group, we are committed to helping those struggling with past traumas reclaim their livelihood. Every one’s trauma is different, so why should their therapy treatment be the same? Call our experts today to learn which trauma based therapy approach would best for your needs. Contact us today at, (805) 842-1994.