You are so tired of living with the horrible effects of PTSD.
You’re ready to stop letting the memories of your trauma trigger you into a state of distress.
Most importantly, you want your life back.
Many people are surprised to learn that the most important parts of trauma therapy have nothing to do with revisiting the trauma you experienced. Actually, trauma treatment is about changing the effect that the trauma has had on your body and brain.
How Your Body Responds to Trauma
We all have neurological systems designed to help us to deal with overwhelming threats. Specifically, there are two main ones: the “fight/flight” system, and the “freeze/collapse” system. You’ve probably heard about fight/flight but freeze/collapse is a lesser-known response. The freeze/collapse system explains why many people who have had trauma might sometimes go numb. Or, they may have difficulty experiencing feelings, regardless of rather the feelings are happy or sad. These systems get automatically activated when things seem overwhelming. Actually, they can really be quite helpful at certain times.
But, the problem is that if you have been exposed to a traumatic situation, these healthy and adaptive mechanisms often get stuck in the “on” position. Depending on which systems you are dealing with you might feel tense and on edge. Or, you might feel dull and slow, or like you’re out of your body or watching yourself in a movie. You may even go back and forth between these feelings. This makes it hard to feel like a stable person from one day to the next.
In-person or online Trauma therapy in Washington DC can help
The first step in trauma therapy is to learn how to deactivate these systems. Tools to do this might include listening to music, taking a walk, doing some art, or cuddling with pets. It’s important that you choose tools that really work for you, and a good trauma therapist can help you to decide what skills are the most likely to help you.
Once you’ve learned to feel safe in your body and safe with your therapist, then it’s time to start learning more about trauma. You can talk with your therapist about the ways that the traumatic event has impacted your life. Then, they will give you specific tips on how to heal. Many people find that at this stage they also work on making sure that their relationships are healthy and supportive. Also, they begin to look at any addictions, compulsions, and habits that hold people back.
Finally, after all this groundwork is complete, you might begin to really explore your trauma history. This work is difficult but important to do because it puts the trauma in a new context. During your trauma you may have felt like you had no power or choice. But, now you can be supported by your therapist and you can do as much or as little work as you want to heal. Trauma work can be somewhat destabilizing and emotionally draining. But, if you have done all the foundational work first then it can be remarkably healing to discover that you can be the author of your own story again.
During trauma therapy, other mental health concerns may arise, but therapy can help you cope with those too
With effective treatment the behaviors that you may have formed in order to deal with the overwhelming feelings (or lack of feelings) associated with the trauma may reappear. These coping behaviors might include eating disorders, substance use problems, codependent relationships, and treating yourself poorly. But, in-person or online therapy can help you manage your impulses and heal from your pain. Many people find that trauma treatment has made them feel more comfortable in their bodies, more trusting of other people, and more loving to themselves.
Begin trauma therapy in Washington DC, or online trauma therapy in Washington DC with Monarch Wellness and Psychotherapy:
If you are ready to find healing from the event that has negatively defined your life, we can help. Our compassionate therapists provide trauma therapy in Washington DC, or online trauma therapy in Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia. Together, we can help you regain control of your life! To begin trauma treatment, please follow these steps:
- Contact our Washington DC counseling clinic to learn more about trauma therapy in Washington DC or online trauma therapy in Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland,
- Meet with an online therapist who specializes in trauma therapy,
- Begin counseling and find peace and healing.