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Thriving Through Trauma Therapy

Are you wondering if therapy works for the trauma, you’ve experienced or are currently experiencing? How can you tell if it works? What are the signs of progress? What should you expect from your process? Are there any guarantees? These are all great questions and many individuals seeking professional treatment for trauma have asked one or multiple questions like these.

First and foremost, everyone’s experience will be slightly different because of the unique individual traits, core belief systems, values, ethical beliefs, and cultural background. One size of treatment does not fit all. However, research studies have shown the efficacy of various treatment modalities that have helped many people recover from trauma.

Benefits of Trauma Therapy

Keeping in mind that progress may look differently from person to person, here are some common signs to look for while your receiving trauma therapy and treatment towards recovery:

  • Reduction in Symptoms: Decreased symptoms associated with trauma such as nightmares, flashbacks, hypervigilance, or depression is a strong indication that treatment is working. The best way to keep track of your symptoms is to keep a daily or weekly log and self-reporting them back to your therapist.
  • Improvement in Functioning Level: You’re starting to feel more capable of managing daily activities and tasks. You’re able to function more effectively in your work environment. Social interactions and romantic relationships are improving.
  • Strengthened Coping Skills: You’re utilizing learned coping skills to manage your triggers and stressors related to your trauma. Development of healthier coping mechanisms are beginning to show positive results with decreased anxious thoughts and emotions.
  • Increased Self-Awareness: You are gaining new insights into how past trauma affects your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. You are developing a deeper understanding of yourself and beginning to change your perceptions of how you view your trauma.
  • Improved Relationships: You are beginning to feel emotionally connected with others and can establish and adhere to healthy boundaries. You feel valued and appreciated by others and are included in social events.
  • Increased Resiliency: When facing adversaries, you are better equipped on how to adapt and develop a sense of resiliency. You avoid shying away from challenging situations and can confront conflicts without feeling fearful of the consequences.
  • Increased Presence: You are not avoiding situations, people, and activities that remind you of the trauma. You can be more present and manage the triggers calmly when they appear. You are no longer running away.
  • Processing Trauma: You feel more comfortable talking about your trauma without feeling emotionally overwhelmed. Your trauma becomes a historical piece of your life journey and are not feeling stuck in the past.
  • Increased Hope: You are feeling more hopeful about your future and believe that healing is possible. You are more confident that your trauma does not define you and you have a bright future ahead.
It’s important to note that progress in trauma therapy is gradual and may not always be as quickly as you would hope. There may be periods of setbacks, yet they don’t necessarily mean that therapy is not working. Establish a dialogue with your therapist about your concerns and progress to ensure that the modality is effective for you.

Trauma Treatment in California

Nurturing Connections Counseling’s skilled therapists are trained in an evidence-based therapy approach called Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR Therapy). It’s a technique used to help individuals process distressing memories and traumatic experiences. It involves eight steps that help your brain reprocess these types of events. This type of treatment has shown efficacy in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related disorders. It may not be suitable for everyone and it’s essential to work with your therapist to determine a proper application that fits your needs.

When you are ready to reach out and schedule an appointment with our trauma skilled therapists, please contact our office at 714-617-5955 or schedule an appointment directly through our website. We are here to support you through your journey and to let you know that you are not alone. Our therapists are compassionate and genuinely demonstrate their care.

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