Center 4 Growth

Trauma Therapy

Do You Feel Trapped By Past Trauma?

  • Is your mental health suffering because of traumatic experiences in past relationships?
  • Have you been through a tragic loss or separation that has left you rattled?
  • Do you struggle to live in the present because of events in your past? 
  • Have you recently had to say goodbye to a loved one and their passing is deeply affecting you?
  • Are you going through a divorce or have you had to walk away from a long-term relationship?
  • Have you lived through a traumatic event that has made it difficult for you to relate to your loved ones? Or is this event making it difficult to get close to people again?

Trauma Can Affect Your Relationships

You might feel like your trauma has isolated you. You worry that you can’t relate to others anymore and are scared to let yourself be truly vulnerable. Maybe you still desire close connections and meaningful bonds, but you can’t shake the feeling that other people will simply use you to meet their own needs.

Sometimes, you may encounter triggers that remind you of your past trauma and leave you shaken. And the fear of running into these triggers makes it even harder to keep up with your usual routines and social obligations, pulling you further away from your family and friends.

Deep down, you just want to be loved in the same way that you love others, but you’re unsure of whether you’ll be able to foster the kinds of relationships you long for. 

Through therapy, you can heal from your trauma and learn how to cultivate genuine, reciprocal relationships with people who accept you as you are.
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Almost Everyone Has Experienced Relational Trauma Or Loss

If you’ve suffered from trauma, you may feel like other people in your life don’t understand what you’ve been through. But trauma is part of the human experience, and nearly everyone has to cope with traumatic events at some point.

Trauma comes in many forms. Natural disasters, chronic illnesses, and accidents can all be traumatic, as can relational issues such as domestic abuse, divorce or separation, or the death of a loved one. Many people often don’t have the strong support systems needed, making it even more challenging to cope with trauma.

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Trauma Can Make It Hard To Form Healthy Connections

The end of a long-term relationship can be traumatic. The loss of a partner, and the grief that comes with it, is an exceptionally common form of trauma. For many people, the COVID-19 pandemic brought relational problems to the forefront. Some spent more time with their families at home during the pandemic than ever before in their lives; yet rather than feeling closer, they feel disconnected and lonely.

During a difficult time marred by personal loss and grief, lots of people realized that their closest relationships were not healthy. In the midst of exhaustion and burnout, they had to reevaluate and even step away from romantic relationships and friendships. Sadly, our culture does not encourage us to nurture loving and caring bonds, and relationally attuned people can easily feel like they are merely being used by others.

In therapy, you can connect with the parts of you that have been ignored and examine the trauma that you’ve experienced. You will be able to explore how this has hindered your ability to connect with others and gradually learn how to build healthier relationships.

Therapy Can Help You Process Your Trauma In A Healthy Way

Therapy Can Help You Process Your Trauma In A Healthy Way

It’s normal to feel apprehensive about opening up to a therapist and sharing your trauma. While it can be a difficult and vulnerable experience, with the supportive guidance of a compassionate therapist, you can face your inner truths in a safe environment.

Questions about trauma therapy or therapy in general? Send us a message!

What To Expect In Trauma Therapy Sessions

At Center 4 Growth Psychotherapy, we understand that talking about your trauma can be painful. Because we are a virtual practice, you can conveniently log in to sessions from your home. Being in a familiar environment can help you feel at ease. Your therapist will never push you to talk about anything you’re not ready to share, and you can discuss your experiences on your own timeline.

When you arrive for your first session, you do not have to share every aspect of your personal history right away. You and your therapist can take time to build rapport and establish a trustworthy foundation. As you get comfortable, you can discuss your reasons for seeking therapy, the symptoms you’re experiencing, and the changes you want to make in your life.

Overall, your therapist will help you determine the root causes of your trauma, particularly in regard to relationships. By treating the core problem rather than merely addressing the symptoms, you can make genuine progress on your healing journey. You will also explore behavioral patterns that may be exacerbating your symptoms so that you establish healthier habits and routines.

Dr Sunita Chamber, owner of Center 4 Growth Psychotherapy

Sunita Chamber, Psy.D.

Clinical Director & Founder

Center 4 Growth

Clinical Director & Founder

Center 4 Growth

Center 4 Growth

Treatment Approaches
To Trauma Therapy

Treatment Approaches
To Trauma Therapy

Your trauma treatment plan will be customized depending on your unique experiences. If you are struggling with generational trauma or trauma related to societal and cultural dynamics, your counselor may apply techniques drawn from systems therapy.

Many people also benefit from psychodynamic therapy as a medium for exploring childhood traumas. Childhood experiences can often affect how people approach relationships later in life, and psychodynamic therapy can help you process early trauma that may still have an impact on your mental health today.

Traumatic experiences can have an impact on your thoughts, behavior, and emotions, which all influence each other. Depending on your symptoms, your therapist may incorporate Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help you rewrite negative thought patterns and adjust your habits over time. Moreover, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can help you come to terms with your experiences while acknowledging that you have the opportunity to improve your life and your relationships.

Any experience that causes you immense distress or severe emotional pain can be traumatic. These incidents can leave a lasting impact; but this does not mean that you can never move on.

If you feel lonely, lost, or unable to connect with others, we are here to help you nurture the parts of yourself that have been neglected.

But You May Still Have Questions
About Trauma Therapy…

What if therapy is too expensive or time-consuming?

It’s normal to feel a bit hesitant about spending your time and money on therapy. But while therapy does represent a financial commitment, this is a valuable investment in your mental health. If trauma has been holding you back, therapy can help you find joy in life again. By prioritizing your emotional health now, you can enjoy a brighter future.

If I seek therapy for trauma, will I have to take medication?

Lots of people who pursue counseling for trauma find talk therapy highly effective on its own. You will not necessarily have to take medication while going to therapy. But if your symptoms are causing you serious distress in your daily life, your therapist might suggest medication.

Is it genuinely possible for me to recover from trauma?

No matter how long ago you went through a traumatic experience, you can find guidance and healing through therapy. If you’ve been struggling with the effects of past trauma for a long time, you might assume that therapy won’t help. But if you’re committed to processing your trauma, working with a therapist can help you move forward. You are more than your past, and you deserve to fully embrace your life.

With Treatment, You Can Recover From Trauma

By seeking therapy, you can live life without the shadow of your trauma. If you are ready to process your trauma and start a new chapter of your life, and you would like to find out more about trauma therapy at our practice, send us a message on our contact page, book a free consultation or book an appointment.

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