Traum- informed therapy is an approach to treating individuals who have experienced trauma. It seeks to understand the impact of trauma on a person’s life and to create a safe and supportive environment for healing. People who have experienced trauma often have a hard time opening up and connecting about their experiences. This can make finding healing from trauma very difficult. There are several innovative approaches for trauma-informed therapy practices that have been developed in recent years.
Eye Movement Desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
One such trauma-informed therapy approach is called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a technique that uses eye movements to help individuals process traumatic memories. The therapist guides the individual through a series of eye movements while they recall an image related to a traumatic memory.
This is a form of psychotherapy that is used to treat trauma related symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. This approach involves a series of eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation, such as tapping or sounds while the individual recalls traumatic memories.
The goal of EMDR therapy is to help individuals process traumatic memories a desensitize triggers, emotions, and negative beliefs surrounding their trauma. There are many phases in the EMDR process including assessment, desensitization, Installation, body scan, closure, and reevaluation.
Trauma Focused CBT (TF-cBT)
Another trauma-informed therapy approach would be TF-CBT which stands for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is a treatment approach that is designed to help children, adolescents, and their families who have experienced trauma. The goal of TF-CBT is to help individuals and families to understand the impact of trauma on their lives and to develop skills to manage the symptoms of trauma.
The therapy is conducted in a structured format and typically includes several components including psychoeducation, skill-building, trauma processing, and enhancing safety and future growth. Overall, TF-CBT is an effective treatment approach for individuals and families who have experienced trauma.
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
The final trauma-informed therapy treatment approach that will be discussed is ART which stands for Accelerated Resolution Therapy. Similar to EMDR, this trauma informed treatment also uses bilateral eye movement.
The goal of ART is to help the individual to identify physical sensations associated with trauma and to release the energy associated with those sensations. This process helps the individual to release trauma- related tension and to reduce the emotional impact of traumatic memories.
Another important aspect of ART as a trauma-informed therapy, is a concept called voluntary image replacement. This phase of the treatment allows individuals to create more positive imagery surrounding a traumatic event or to take care of unfinished business that may keep a person stuck in their trauma.
The goal of ART is to help the individual process traumatic memories in a safe and supportive environment. The therapy is typically conducted over 1-6 sessions involving a thorough assessment of the individual’s history and current symptoms, trauma processing/desensitization, rescripting, closure and reevaluation.
Each of these trauma-informed therapy processes are great options for those looking for healing from trauma. It is important to speak to a trained professional to see which of these practices would best fit your unique needs.
If you or someone in your family needs Trauma-Informed Therapy, Reach Out to one of our Trauma Therapists in Katy, TX Today!
While putting in the emotional and mental work of dealing with trauma can be a daunting or difficult task, know that with the right trained professionals help and knowledge and the proper trauma-informed approach you could find healing from the traumatic experiences that seem to be holding you back. There is hope for healing even in the most difficult times.
If you or a loved one is showing signs of trauma such as nightmares, difficulty sleeping, difficulty functioning, avoidance of memories or triggers, flashbacks, or increased anxiety, this is a sign one needs help. A specialist in trauma counseling at Katy Counseling will help you navigate these issues and begin to heal. Follow the steps below to get started.
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Other Mental Health Services Offered At Katy Counseling
In addition to offering services for trauma counseling, we also offer a wide range of services for adults, couples, and children. These services include Play Therapy, Adult Counseling, Counseling for Women, Relationship Counseling, Teen Counseling, Depression Counseling, and Lens Neurofeedback. Our goal is to meet you where you are and help guide you through the issues you are facing in a positive and supportive way.