When it comes to recovering from trauma there are many people out there looking for trauma recovery treatment.
Trauma is one of those emotional health areas that can impact our lives unexpectedly. Many who have been in the armed forces and experienced active service may have witnessed or been subject to an act of violence.
Some people may live (or have lived) with ongoing emotional abuse within a significant relationship.
Whatever the issue, the effects of trauma can present in many ways. Here are some examples:
- anxiety and panic attacks
- hyper vigilance (where you pay attention to your surroundings at an exhausting level of awareness)
- eczema and other skin complaints
- breathing difficulties
- challenges with meaningful relationships
- outbursts of anger (recognised as too big for the incident that’s just occurred)
- difficulty sleeping (tired and irritable each day)
This above list would be traditionally treated in 2 ways.
Firstly you may be offered medication (sleeping pills, emotion suppressants, anti depressants) to manage some of the physical symptoms.
Secondly you may be offered a series of counselling sessions to talk through your trauma experience and to try to make more sense of it (which is good, assuming it doesn’t require you to re-live those past experiences).
In psychotherapy the approach is usually simple and it’s also 2-fold:
A couple of forms of psychotherapy may include:
- De-sensitise the trauma so that a client is no longer hijacked by their past experiences impacting their present reality.
- Re-equip the client to move on positively with their life. Here it may be necessary for 2 or 3 further sessions reviewing the parts of their life they’d now like to rebuild and move forward with, – relationships, career, fitness, etc., and get on with designing and practicing some practical strategies to support that.
Traumatic events are experienced by millions of people every year.
Some may be fully aware of it, and some may be blocking it out of their mind for reasons of emotional, (and sometimes physical) survival.
In most cases a dramatic experience can’t be kept in check forever, so if you, or someone you know, is experiencing increasing difficulty in thinking clearly, managing overwhelm, or has unexpected outbursts of anger, it’s worth having a first conversation with a psychotherapist to explore whether a recent or old traumatic event might be the reason.
Often the more simple a process is, the more we can trust it. Like:
- Food: fruit, vegetables, meat (or not) & carbs in their natural form (if you’re reading dozen’s of ingredients its probably not a great choice) – keep it simple
- Fitness: run, swim, walk, dance, move, enjoy. Step out of your house and get your heart rate up for 20 minutes. That’s it – keep it simple
- Friendships: If this feels good do more of it, but if it feels like a chore do less of it. Keep it simple!
Simplicity is the hallmark that a product or service can be accessed by many…. a ‘more for all, less to none’ approach.
With trauma recovery, there is now enough scientific evidence to show that psychotherapy is the simplest, fastest solution for those who want relief from their trauma experiences.
Our success comes from living happy, fulfilling, motivated lives in as short a time frame as possible.
Any comments or observations?