Many individuals experience some sort of trauma within their lifetime. From domestic violence to natural disasters, traumatic events can stretch the bounds of the human psyche, negatively impacting a person’s health, family, relationships, career, and daily life. If left untreated, the effects of trauma can be exceptionally damaging. In some cases, it can lead to other issues, such as depression and substance abuse.
Trauma-informed counseling focuses on providing emotional, psychological, and physical support to clients. At MySpectrum, we provide trauma-informed therapy to individuals, families, and couples throughout the state of Virginia. Our services are available in-person and via teletherapy. Whether you reside near our offices in North Chesterfield or Springfield, or you live elsewhere in Virginia, we can provide accessible and convenient counseling that fits your schedule.
Types of Trauma Therapy
There are numerous forms of trauma that people might experience. We often think of trauma in a context of childhood abuse, the death of a loved one, or dangerous military experiences, but there are other, less obvious instances. Potential sources of trauma may include but are not limited to:
- Car accidents
- Community violence
- Dating violence
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Natural disasters
- Political violence
- Physical abuse
- Severe illness or injury
- Sexual abuse
- Sexual assault
- Witnessing an act of violence
Why You May Need Trauma Therapy
It is common for individuals to have strong reactions to traumatic events, including feelings of stress, fear, shock, anger, and grief. Trauma can leave a lasting impact on a person’s mental, physical, and emotional health. It can manifest days, months, or even years after the painful event, and may be recurring. In some cases, individuals may have difficulty moving on with their lives. However, a skilled therapist can help you find constructive ways to manage your emotions.
You could benefit from trauma-informed couples therapy or trauma-informed family therapy if you experience emotional disturbances and mental health issues that stem from a distressing incident. These may include the following symptoms:
- Anxiety/panic attacks
- Emotional outbursts
- Poor concentration
- Disturbing memories or images
- Avoidance of places or thoughts
The Benefits of Trauma Therapy
The goal of trauma therapy is to help individuals find relief and overcome their negative experience, allowing them to engage in normal activities and continue with daily life. By engaging in treatment, a person can learn more about what he or she is experiencing, how to understand and address the trauma, and develop healthy coping skills. Other benefits of trauma-focused therapy include:
- Rebuilding your sense of self
- Identifying your triggers
- Focusing on the present instead of the past
- Turning negative feelings and outlooks into positive ones
How MySpectrum Can Help
At MySpectrum, we take great care in our approach to trauma therapy. For instance, our experienced therapists strive to create a safe, invigorating, and energizing environment in which they teach clients how to build coping skills and regulate emotions. With many years of expertise under their belts, you can be confident that our therapists can help you feel empowered to shape your life anew and find meaning after a traumatic event. In therapy, you will learn how to take control over past experiences and gain more freedom with your life, family, friends, and colleagues.
MySpectrum stands apart from other therapy practices because we provide tailored therapy, counseling, and coaching services to best meet your unique needs. Clients can be seen weekly, biweekly, monthly, or just for a few sessions; we’ll meet you exactly where you are with empathic, supportive care. We also offer additional services, including relationship and family therapy.
To learn more about our capabilities or to start your therapeutic journey, reach out to us today.