Trauma

How is Trauma Treated?

Therapy is a first-line treatment for trauma

Within my practice it is fundamental that, before anything else takes place, the individual feels safe.  I work with the Phase-oriented treatment approach:

“Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.” - Buddha

What is Trauma?

Trauma is an event or events that cause a sudden or significant negative change in our concept of self, the world and/or our future.  When this sudden or intense shift occurs, we experience it as loss, confusion, disorientation or even threat and danger.  To move through the trauma experience in healthy ways requires an adaptive neurological, physiological and psychological response that integrates the trauma experience into a new sense of identity, worldview, and sense of future.  The problem is that for some people this adaptive integration does not occur. There are many possible reasons for this, but the end result is that the person continues to experience parts of the trauma as if it were alive and in the present.  It is like they cannot get away, close the door, or just get back to “normal” life.   They are haunted by the event every day if not every hour and this can lead to changes that complicate life. A trauma-informed therapy approach is specifically aimed at integrating the trauma experience.

It is essential to keep in mind that therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix: therapy is a healing process that necessitates participation and investment from clients. Making small changes to self-defeating behaviour and coping with feelings of sadness, fear, and pain can bring life-altering results. Therapy is not always easy, sometimes you may feel worse before you feel better. My aim is to guide clients in learning to take responsibility for their own choices and making choices that align with their values and help them to live in a way that embodies their personal values and to form a realistic and authentic relationship with life. The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.