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Therapy for Trauma

Overview

Almost everyone experiences some kind of loss or traumatic event at some point in their lives. The death of someone close to you, a medical issue, a divorce, a disappointing or humiliating experience—these can often lead to experiencing sadness, anxiety, or sometimes even more troubling symptoms like intense fears, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts of the trauma, or difficulty remembering parts of the trauma.

The effects of verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, neglect, and other traumas that may have occurred in childhood are often particularly powerful, carrying over into adulthood and negatively impacting one’s life in significant ways. Such early traumas affect one’s ability to trust, love freely, and feel close to others. Those with such trauma in their past are often plagued by guilt, shame, and feelings of responsibility for the abuse. These weighty feelings may be well hidden by highly functioning individuals, but cause substantial emotional pain and difficulty in relationships if left untreated. Furthermore, research has shown that unresolved trauma in adults can be passed onto their children in subtle ways. The effects of trauma can be lasting, causing a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or post-traumatic stress even long after the event has passed. Unresolved trauma is one of the most common reasons people seek therapy.

What Does Therapy Offer

Therapy offers a space to understand how your past traumatic experiences may be related to aspects of your current life. Trying to forget, repress, or ‘just get over’ trauma pushes it into a ‘black box’ that only grows inside you over time. We safely and carefully open this box, allowing patients to integrate the trauma into their lives. This process facilitates healing and leads to a more contented way of being. This healing work is best done with the help of an experienced trauma specialist. 

Zackson Psychology trauma specialists have a depth and breadth of experience working with trauma. We aim to create a safe and nurturing environment where you can process and work through your trauma, develop a perspective on it, and experience a better quality of life. Our expert clinicians will work to see you through this journey: one that begins with difficulty but concludes with growth and empowerment.

To learn more about Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), click here.

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