What is Trauma:
In clinical terms trauma is an event, or events that can alter a person’s perspective, daily functioning, and moods. Trauma can cause an overwhelming amount of stress that may exceed a persons’ ability to cope or properly integrate the emotions from the event, eventually leading to serious, long term negative consequences. Trauma can also be ‘non clinical’, such as feeling like an event was/is traumatic but doesn’t meet the DSM criteria for PTSD diagnosis. Both clinical and non-clinical traumas can be integrated into treatment.
Myths about therapy:
- Myth 1: Things will change in the hour session and I will be different after just talking through my barriers
Fact: Thoughts can be changed and challenged in sessions, however, the change usually happens through changing ones daily behaviors that align with new thoughts/perspectives outside of the sessions - yes most of the work takes place outside of the sessions
- Myth 2: The client is a passive participant in therapy
Fact: Therapy is teamwork: the therapist learns from client, the client learns from therapist, and an equal amount of work from both parties makes the best outcomes for clients.
- Myth 3: Therapy is considered ‘weak'
Fact: Therapy is actually difficult, its digging into painful emotions changing thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, openly communicating and being honest about you and your experiences. It takes strength to confront inner conflict and start dictating life on your own terms.
- Myth 4: Something is wrong with me if this therapy doesn’t work
Fact: There are multiple therapy modalities to be used to address trauma, finding which ones best suit an individual to meet they’re goals can be a time consuming and difficult but rewarding process. Remaining open and flexible to instituting these modalities is vital for a successful outcome and requires the participant to fully explore these various practices. Time and effort are the true indicators of what will and will not work for an individual.