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Therapy, Reprocessing and Healing from Trauma

Therapy, Reprocessing and Healing from Trauma

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is one of the most common forms of treatment for trauma patients

Healing from a traumatic experience can be quite a challenge. After being exposed to a life-threatening situation, unexpected change, violent incident or other similar, traumatizing event, the person can be left with persistent, negative symptoms.

In recent years, research has been focused on finding specific and effective approaches to help people reprocess their traumatic memories. Developing ways to help heal traumatized people is important because many are so affected by their traumatic experience that they are unable to perform everyday activities and lead a normal life. The sufferer needs to process what happened in a way that allows them to move forward.

But overcoming trauma is not just a matter of moving on. That is why different programs of therapy have been developed in order to provide new and improved ways that bring healing from trauma.

Effective Approaches for Overcoming Trauma

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, or EMDR, is one of the strategies used to reprocess these traumatic memories.

According to a research paper found in the US National Library of Medicine, the goal of EMDR is to treat unprocessed memories of traumatic events in a quick manner. These unprocessed memories of the distressing experience are found isolated in the memory network. By a series of stimuli while the person recalls traumatic images, it is possible to restore coping mechanisms that were affected by the distressing images or event.

Though the merits of this approach have been debated, its efficiency at helping with psychological and physical symptoms of trauma has been proven with clinical trials and is now considered a valid treatment for trauma by an important majority of the medical community.

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is one of the most common forms of treatment for trauma patients. This approach consists of personal or group meetings with a mental health professional who uses conversation to address the symptoms of a traumatic experience.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most effective approaches for encouraging healing from trauma. The National Institute of Mental Health explains that cognitive restructuring is one of the parts of cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive restructuring involves trying to see the distressing memory from different angles and understanding the event in a realistic manner. This allows the patient to realize what his real involvement in the experience was and that not everything that happened was his fault.

In a different article by the NIMH of 2007, we can see that different strategies have been tried in order to help large groups of people suffering from a traumatic event at the same time. In this research paper, an internet-based model of cognitive behavioral therapy was tried with very good results. It was also found that this approach of receiving web-based therapy could be especially beneficial for people who have little to no access to one-on-one psychotherapy or that avoid seeking the help of a therapist due to different stigmas or misconceptions.

But besides the traditional approaches to recover from trauma, there have been new models developed in recent years. For example, the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practice analyzes different and new approaches and their effectiveness.

One of those is the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model, or TREM. The TREM was developed to help women with a history of physical or sexual abuse. This model is group-based and takes on features from other treatment options such as cognitive restructuring. The goal of this model is not only to provide social support, but also seeks to teach coping skills on the way to recovery.

And although this method for overcoming trauma is gender-specific, it serves as a good example of the current efforts to develop new and improved models that are more focused on specific groups of society and causes of trauma.

Healing from Trauma as a Reachable Goal

Healing from trauma is not an impossible feat. Many have already successfully found the right form of treatment and are now enjoying satisfying and productive lives. For the majority of them, the first step was to find good advice through a counselor or therapist on what to do to begin treatment. Likewise, you don’t have to feel alone when seeking treatment or finding help for someone you care about.

Give us a call using our toll free helpline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call at your most convenient time and one of our recovery assistants can explain available tools for recovery and resolve any doubts regarding treatment and recovery.

We have free information about intervention services, a national network of rehab facilities, family counseling, Dual Diagnosis rehab centers (for treating co-occurring disorders), transport to and from rehab and more. Don’t forget to ask about the possibility of using health insurance to help cover treatment costs; we can look up those benefits for you if you wish. The path to recovery might be one phone call away.

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