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Discovering Ways to Heal from Trauma: A Gentle Guide

Trauma can shape our lives in ways we may not always comprehend. It encompasses distressing experiences ranging from a single event to multiple events. The lingering effects can impact your life long after the initial experience(s). It is crucial to heal from it so you can live a fulfilling life.

Understanding Trauma

There are three types of trauma – acute emotional, chronic emotional and complex emotional. Acute emotional trauma occurs after a single traumatic event like an accident. Chronic emotional trauma occurs after prolonged exposure to distressing circumstances, leading to complex and persistent emotional symptoms. Complex emotional trauma results from prolonged, diverse distress. It involves intricate and continuous emotional reactions after a confluence of traumatic events.

Signs of Trauma

A common sign of trauma is the inability to control your emotions, which can result in uncontrollable anger and the inability to express your feelings. You may be experiencing PTSD and reliving the event via nightmares. You may also be suffering from anxiety and depression.

Another sign of trauma is the difficulty in forming relationships and maintaining them due to communication barriers or trust issues stemming from trauma.

Trauma can cause you to socially withdraw from others, engage in risk-taking activities or substance abuse.

Trauma is sometimes trapped in the body. Stress-related illnesses like coronary heart disease and stroke can be signs of trauma.

A Guide to Help You Heal from Trauma

Healing takes time, and it’s a journey with ups and downs. Practicing self-compassion is the first step in your healing journey. Acknowledging the pain may be difficult, but it is a critical step. Be patient and gentle with yourself.

Implementing mind-body practices will help you reduce tension and be more present in your life. Yoga integrates movement and breathwork, promoting relaxation and releasing stress stored in the body. Mindfulness enables you to be more aware of your present. Meditation facilitates emotional regulation.

Journaling is a way to unpack your trauma and reflect on your experiences. It may seem painful, but it fosters self-awareness. As you journal, you can identify what triggers you and why they impact your well-being.

Surround yourself with a community of supportive individuals who will understand and validate your experiences. Form healthy relationships to foster a sense of belonging and security,

A healthy lifestyle is the cornerstone of emotional well-being. A well-balanced and nutritious diet can contribute to your physical well-being. Regular exercise reduces stress and tension in the body. Good sleep hygiene positively impacts your mental health and aids in the healing process.

Seeking support from a therapist is significant in your journey to healing. Therapists trained in trauma therapy can help you to identify your triggers, process your emotions and provide strategies to cope. There are various techniques they use to help you heal from trauma. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviours associated with trauma. Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) assists in regulating emotions, managing distress, and improving interpersonal relationships. These approaches can help you move forward and reclaim your life.

Trauma Therapy for You

At East Lake Centre Psychological Services, we are passionate about our work and dedicated to helping clients reach their full potential.

Our team of trauma therapists is committed to helping you identify the challenges keeping you stuck and nurture the strengths that will be the stepping stones to lasting change.

We help you figure it out. We aim to create a safe space for you to explore your emotions, learn valuable coping skills, and receive guidance. We provide the therapy that will guide you to understand yourself better so you can live a life that feels right – for you.

We believe a healthy mental state builds a strong foundation for a successful future.

We can help you move forward.