What is Trauma?
Trauma is defined in many ways. Something that most might not realize about it is that your trauma response is your best survival mechanism. The simplest definition is that trauma your reaction to a situation that is so overwhelming that your “fight, flight, freeze” response kicks in.
It is not uncommon for this response to continuously kick in after the event, as well, which can lead to symptoms like flashbacks, phobias, hypervigilance, high anxiety, lack of trust in others, and in some cases hallucinations for an extended period of time.
Everyone experiences trauma differently. Not only that, but everyone’s trauma responses can be triggered by very different things. The recommendation is to get treatment for trauma even if no symptoms may be present due to the long-term impacts on your mental and physical health if left untreated.
How is Trauma Treated in Teletherapy?
Discovering that you may have been traumatized by something is a scary thought. The good news is that all trauma is 100% treatable with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. This can mean trauma that stems from a single event or more complex forms of trauma that may have multiple events over the course of your life.
Using EMDR therapy you will be able to reintegrate your memories the ways that best allow you to adapt to them. Through EMDR therapy you can help turn off your body’s “overactive alarm system”, which is what causes the symptoms of PTSD.
Experiencing trauma can feel like living in a dark and scary world with no way out. Working on it in therapy is difficult and, above all else, extremely brave. Let’s work together to find and embrace your light.
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