Perhaps you’ve spent a good part of your life fearing, hiding, or working around your trauma.
If that is the case, trauma therapy may not sound like much fun. In fact, trauma therapy might seem like an unwelcome way to open old wounds or re-experience the very event or events you work hard to keep buried.
But that’s just fear and uncertainty getting in your way again.
And who can blame you for being hesitant? What you experienced was life-altering and extraordinarily painful.
But that’s exactly why you need professional care. You’ve been wounded.
Trauma therapy can make things better. It can improve your life and the way you think about it, intentionally and progressively. Consider the following 5 trauma therapy benefits:
- Trust is slowly restored
One of the most heartbreaking things about trauma is that it tends to steal the comfort and safety of your relationships. It isolates you. It frightens you into keeping your distance from people who might make you feel or remember the pain you never want to feel again. Trauma talks you into backing away when people try to draw close to you.
Fortunately, trauma therapy can help you reframe your abuse, tragedy, or difficult experience. Take another look at the victimization you recall and look closer at the toughest times in your life with someone trustworthy and completely on your side. The mistrust you feel can be put into perspective with the help of an objective, experienced third party. As you learn to trust your therapist with your story you take more steps toward feeling socially comfortable.
In time, anxiety and depression are eased by the therapeutic process. Discuss your feelings and work through negative memories. Establish a meaningful, productive relationship with the therapist. You may find that you are able to take those skills outside and begin trusting the world again.
- Solid support system
In addition to being able to trust your therapist, working with a support group often provides additional benefits. If you take the opportunity to work with others, you’ll likely find people who share similar experiences and are particularly sensitive to your story.
By working with survivors of trauma, isolation will start to dissipate. A sense of community will start to develop and relationships may not be the frightening things trauma once made them. Also, recovery of any sort almost always involves a support system. Trauma tends to make you feel small or insignificant. To be seen, heard, and understood is a crucial improvement over your previously traumatized or victimized state.
- Customized coping methods
Whatever trauma you experienced, you likely learned that life can be tragically and/or unexpectedly painful. Trauma therapy gives you tools to deal with life as it is. Through cognitive, mindful, and somatic awareness practices, therapy provides you the resources to change the way you think about your past. Consequently, you can learn to approach life differently and uniquely, all the while guided by a professional who is dedicated to seeing you feel better mentally, emotionally, and physically.
- Resiliency restored
Trauma therapy answers the questions “what and “how”:
What can I learn from this?
How can I put the past behind me?
What can I do to live the life I want?
Allow yourself the space to figure it out without judgment or pressure. Trauma therapy is a self-
compassionate time and place to learn how trauma has affected you. Your therapist can help you rediscover who you are beyond the trauma. Therefore, take the time to improve your view of yourself, develop some personal clarity, and re-fashion a more helpful and purposeful future in a safe environment.
- Physical release and recovery
Trauma hurts. You are not alone if you feel physically tense, weighed down, ill, or fatigued. Often our bodies hold the shock of trauma inside. Regardless of how much conscious processing we do, our nervous systems aren’t able to release the traumatic experience without a process to facilitate that release. Furthermore, your therapist will be able to help you understand your physical reactions and guide you through methods meant to help you choose healthier responses.
Trauma therapy might not seem like something you want to spend your time on right now. But if you give it a chance, you may find yourself looking forward to it. Especially if working through your past helps your self-esteem grow, nurtures your hope, and inspires your relationships to bloom again.
All these changes can happen with sincere effort on your part and the help of a caring professional to help you weed out anything getting in your way.