Trauma comes in all forms, shapes, and sizes. In fact, people often don’t think their traumatic event is anything all that traumatic, and they are overreacting. When you hear about PTSD, you think of soldiers in war or really terrible things such as rape, death, and torture. While those are certainly traumas, and this isn’t meant as a dismission toward those at all, there are other forms of traumas that people get stuck with as well. Maybe you had bad parents, maybe you have trust issues stemming from being let down, or perhaps you have had a narcissistic ex that has traumatized you differently.
Trauma is different for everyone. It affects everyone differently, too! The type of therapy that will help one person might not help the other. This is because our brains, circumstances, and chemical makeup are different for each person. If you have had a traumatic experience on any level, you need to seek out help. While we were told to suck it up and deal with it in the past, that’s not the appropriate approach. That simply means stuffing down your feelings, which leads to larger problems down the road.
Traumatic Events Affect Us Longterm
You have probably heard of drug addicts and their stories. Many have had some seriously traumatic things happen to them, in many cases. This trauma had gone on without help. The trauma from childhood is carried over into adulthood and, without proper treatment, can fester and become more than just a trauma problem. That’s why you need to seek help, at any age, for traumatic events. But, what kind of trauma therapy is right for you?
The right kind of therapy is the one that helps. Again, there are so many different traumas and so many different types of therapy that finding the one that is right for you can be a challenge. That’s why we have developed this online quiz that will help guide you into the right therapy for your situation. While professionals developed this guide, always keep in mind that what therapist you choose is also a factor.
Choosing a Trauma Therapist
When you choose a therapist that is performing the therapy that you think will help or that the quiz told you to seek out, you need to find one that you feel comfortable with. Talking about our traumas is not something that is easy for some. In some cases, you will not have to share your trauma at all, but you will be processing it without sharing. Again, this can be different for different providers.
For example, an EMDR therapist might have you talk about what traumatic events you have experienced. Usually, they will start with the first one, even if it is not the major one. They do this to help clear all trauma over time. You will, in most cases, need more than one session to clear the trauma. This is especially true if you are an adult that has had a lifetime of traumatic events. However, how this service is performed is up to the therapist. Some will have you discuss your different traumas, and some will not.
Finding the right therapist and type of therapy for your trauma will be beneficial almost immediately.