From Existing to LIVING, One Step At A Time

If you have been working earnestly on moving forward in any area of life and still feel stuck, it may be incredibly helpful to seek help from a professional. I’m talking about… well, talking. Therapy and counseling can be critical keys to lasting sobriety and healing from trauma. If you are not familiar with the word trauma, let’s define it a bit here.

What is trauma?

In dictionary terms, it’s a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. Or it’s physical injury. In many lives, it’s both. I have heard trauma further divided into “Big T” and “little t”, largely based on the severity and frequency of the event. However, since trauma is experienced by the individual, it cannot be truly understood by anyone but the individual and is thus subjective. So, I prefer to stick with a more broad definition.

Trauma cannot be truly understood by anyone but the individual…

Regardless of whether it’s Big T or little t, the end result of a trauma is that it alters the way a person looks at and deals with life events moving forward. This new way of looking at and dealing with life can either be beneficial or it can be detrimental. Detrimental to me is signified by whether or not the method you are choosing to handle life’s stresses (whether they mirror the original trauma or not) is moving you forward and toward the better life you want and deserve. If it’s not, it’s detrimental, and the root cause may need to be addressed more deeply through the use of counseling or therapy.

Tools to Help

Therapists and counselors, whose primary focus is help resolving the past, are licensed and trained and have tools to work with you to heal deep-seated trauma. EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a therapy that was designed to help alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. It is a phased, focused approach to treating traumatic and other symptoms by reconnecting the client in a safe and measured way to the images, self-thoughts, emotions, and body sensations associated with the trauma, and allowing the natural healing powers of the brain to move toward adaptive resolution. Cognitive Processing Therapy (or CPT) is another tool at a therapist or counselor’s disposal. It helps patients learn how to challenge and modify unhelpful beliefs related to the trauma. In so doing, the patient creates a new understanding and conceptualization of the traumatic event so that it reduces its ongoing negative effects on current life.

The bottom line here is that if you have experienced trauma, regardless of what kind, and are having trouble moving past the past, counseling and/or therapy can be the key you need to unlock the next padlock on your amazing journey to recovering the truest version of yourself!

Always Here to Support You,

Aimee