Mary Ng-Tedjasukmana, LCSW, PLLC, Psychotherapy and Counseling Trauma Therapy for Students, Families, and Working Professionals
Understanding Trauma Therapy and Counseling
Most people are familiar with at least some types of psychological therapy or counseling, whether they’ve attended such therapy themselves or have simply learned about it by word of mouth. Few people are aware that counseling is commonly specialized to fit the needs of the individual seeking counseling.
Because therapy is an under-discussed topic in our modern society, many people who could greatly benefit from it go without knowing that specialized therapy can help you focus on a particular struggle and experience peace and relief. There are many types of specialized therapy; some focus on individual emotions or mental disorders while others aim to address contexts, like divorce, unemployment, or bereavement. Trauma therapy is a type of counseling that aims to bring healing to events that drastically affect our lives and emotional states.
Trauma can be uniquely difficult to approach and heal from alone. By definition, a traumatic event is one that overcomes the stress management tools and emotional coping mechanisms that we possess at the time the event occurs. Traumatic events can be anything from experiencing or witnessing violence, being a victim of abuse, losing stability of life and living, to having a terrifying experience that you were not prepared for. Trauma often stays with us after we survive the traumatic event, sometimes in such ways that it interrupts our ability to live well.
Trauma therapy seeks to approach trauma carefully with well-understood techniques that can help our minds better process and move on from traumatic events. While there are many ways to heal from trauma, trauma counseling focuses specifically on the roots of the trauma and the effects trauma has on our lives with the goal of catalyzing a healing process and improving mental health.
In the end, it’s the pinpoint focus of trauma therapy and the interpersonal approach to understanding that makes it unique from other types of therapy. Trauma therapy isn’t just about making life easier or feeling better (although those are certainly wonderful benefits that trauma therapy can provide,) it’s about effectively addressing the memories and aftermath of events that could otherwise complicate our lives and even make us more prone to mental illness.
Healing from traumatic events has never been an easy process, but, with counseling, you can know that you are working with experts who care and who can guide you through that healing process in a calm, controlled environment. The fallout from traumatic events shouldn’t be something you grapple with alone – no one, no matter how strong, is immune to struggle.