Trauma is not limited to violence. We experience traumas throughout our lives whether it be through emotional abuse or neglect, negative beliefs about yourself imposed by others, experiencing loss, being told we aren’t good enough, living in a chaotic home, seeking help and having a negative experience. We also experience trauma by witnessing trauma of others.
Addressing your trauma through therapy is an emotionally challenging process and one that can provide great relief. It is extremely important for you to feel comfortable with your therapist before you begin trauma therapy.
Using trauma-informed care, your therapist will walk with you through your entire process at a pace that is comfortable for you, as you are ready. You and your therapist will decide, together, what approach to trauma therapy is best for you and we will provide you with education along the way.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy one of the approaches to trauma therapy that we use at Denver Metro Counseling. It is an integrative therapy approach that has been proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR offers relief by reducing and removing the emotional charge associated with trauma. The traumatic experience becomes part of our narrative, rather than controlling your life.
There are many approaches to treating trauma and we have found this to be incredibly effective in reducing symptoms of trauma as well as anxiety, depression, impulsivity, low self-esteem, emotion regulation, grief and feeling stuck.
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Your first session with your trauma therapist will last 90-minutes. During this first session we will ask you general questions about your family history, relationship history, mental health history, alcohol and drug use, prior therapy treatments and other relative information about your social, racial, religious/spiritual, sexual identities.
**We will not ask you to go into detail of your trauma experience during this first meeting. We feel that it is important for you to become comfortable with your therapist and don’t want you to leave feeling overwhelmed or flooded with emotions.
Sessions following will range from 50- to 90-minute sessions depending on your needs and your treatment goals. You will decide this with your therapist, often on a session-to-session basis. During these sessions, you will share more of your story and will learn specific techniques to help you manage your emotions and reactions to your experiences along the way.
Our therapists work to recognize and understand how traumatic experiences can impact one’s mental, behavioral, emotional and physical well-being.
We offer skills and strategies to assist you in better understanding, coping with, processing emotions and memories tied to traumatic experiences, with the goal of enabling you to create a healthier, more peaceful way of living.
No, you do not. There are many therapy approaches that are trauma-informed that our clinicians use to help you process your trauma.
As noted above, trauma therapy can be very emotionally tolling and you may decide that you are not ready or no longer want to process your trauma.
We will support you in this, we just ask that you talk with your therapist about how to best move forward so that you are not left with unresolved trauma that can result in heightened emotional instability.
We want you to feel safe and will not push you further than you want to go. It is also our priority to make sure that you are able to manage emotions that come up with trauma therapy.