Has Trauma Made You Feel Unsafe In Your Own Body?
Have you been struggling with symptoms of anxiety or depression all your life, but you don’t know why?
Do you feel like you can’t control your emotions?
Deep down, does it feel like you’re just not safe in your own body?
Maybe you’ve been isolating a lot because you don’t feel safe enough to engage with others. Perhaps you struggle to concentrate or complete any tasks—every little thing triggers you or brings about immense fear even when the situation is not that bad. You might suffer from panic attacks, night terrors, and other symptoms of PTSD. Maybe you suspect that your stress is a trauma response, but you’re not sure.
Disconnection And Loneliness Often Go Hand In Hand With Trauma
Trauma disconnects you from your world, your loved ones, and yourself. Because you’re afraid of being re-traumatized, you might keep to yourself and constantly turn down social invitations. Over time, this could make you feel lonely. Although you know you’re not living your best life, trauma can make you too afraid to live any other way. You might stick it out in relationships that aren’t good for you because you’re scared of letting go.
If you want to reconnect with the world around you and the world inside yourself, we encourage you to pursue trauma therapy with us. Here at Fearlessly Inspired Therapeutic Solutions, our mission is to help you overcome the pain of the past and feel safe within your own body.
Many People Have Experienced Trauma Without Even Knowing It
Lots of people experience trauma without even realizing it. Oftentimes, they’ll come into therapy saying that they’ve been anxious or depressed their whole life, but they don’t know why. Most of them aren’t aware that there’s trauma in their past because they’ve never been taught about what trauma really is.
Contrary to popular belief, being traumatized doesn’t just happen to people in warzones. Car accidents, toxic relationships, and losing a loved one can all be traumatic. So can growing up in an environment where there’s constant fighting and yelling or tons of pressure to succeed. Trauma happens to virtually everyone at some point in life.
When Women Experience Trauma And Abuse, Society Often Doesn’t Believe Them
It’s no secret that our society is rife with sexism. Many women experience abuse, assault, and other forms of emotional and physical harm. Yet when they come forward about their experiences, many of them aren’t believed or taken seriously. In many families, there’s a “what happens in the house stays in the house” mentality. This makes it hard to speak up about abuse when it’s in the home.
Therapy is a place where you can freely share your struggles with a specialist who will believe your story and hold your hand throughout the process of healing from trauma.
Trauma Therapy Can Help You Rediscover Your Voice And Learn To Use It Fearlessly
Let’s face it: working through trauma isn’t easy. In the past, attempts to do so may have only made you feel worse. The difference is that in therapy, you’re not doing it alone. You get to process your feelings with someone who will validate you and help you feel strong, safe, and heard.
At Fearlessly Inspired Therapeutic Solutions, we want to give you a space to explore your experiences at a pace that’s right for you. We’ll help you better understand the root of your struggles and give you new skills for coping with them. The ultimate goal is for you to regain control of your life and create the environment that you need to feel safe within it.
What To Expect In Trauma Therapy Sessions
When you’ve experienced trauma, it’s normal to find yourself recreating the patterns of the past. Therapy can help you take a step back and look at how these patterns emerged and why they keep repeating themselves.
For instance, maybe you grew up with an abusive or controlling parent and now you find yourself dating people who are the same way. Therapy can help you see that your present relationships are an attempt to resolve unfinished business from previous relationships. In this way, you can make deeper connections between the past and present.
Additionally, we’ll validate your trauma responses and help you understand that they’re your brain’s way of trying to protect you. We’ll give you new coping skills that increase your sense of safety without reinforcing anxious or avoidant behavior. You’ll learn about the power of breathwork and other grounding strategies in helping you regulate your nervous system.
Tailoring Your Trauma Treatment Plan
Our therapists often use EMDR to treat trauma and PTSD. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) is a gentle yet powerful form of therapy that helps you take the emotional charge out of trauma. Through repetitive tapping, side-to-side eye movements, and other stimulation exercises, your brain can change how it responds to painful memories. This way, you can remember what happened without feeling triggered or upset.
We also draw from IFS (Internal Family Systems), an approach that looks at the different parts of the self and how some of them are trying to shield you from trauma. For instance, you may have a destructive part that likes to use drugs or alcohol to deal with your stress. IFS can help you form a healthier relationship with this part so that it doesn’t control your life.
In the end, we are confident that therapy can help you start living the life that you’ve only ever been able to imagine. By working with a trauma therapist who is highly skilled and cares for you deeply, you can rediscover your voice and learn to use it fearlessly.
You May Have Some Concerns About Trauma And PTSD Counseling…
I feel like I’ve already dealt with my trauma.
You may have already dealt with your trauma up to a point. It’s normal for the brain and body to work through traumatic pain as much as they can tolerate. The problem is that trauma often has lingering effects that go unnoticed. Many people who come to see us feel like they’ve already processed their trauma, only to realize that there’s a whole layer of emotions that they haven’t even touched. Therapy is a chance to dig deep and get to these emotions so that the real healing can begin.
Why should I choose EMDR?
EMDR is useful when there are no words to express how you feel. Because the approach uses audio and visual stimulation to help you heal from trauma, you don’t have to “share” everything that happened. You can discuss your traumatic experience as little as you want. EMDR taps into the brain’s natural ability to heal itself, so your brain does all the heavy lifting for you.
How long will trauma therapy take?
When you’ve experienced trauma, healing is not an overnight process. You and your trauma counselor will work together to determine how much time is needed for your treatment. Generally speaking, clients begin to feel a sense of relief after just a few sessions of EMDR therapy. But when it comes to long-term healing, we encourage you to be patient with yourself and go at whatever pace works for you.
Your Past Does Not Define Your Future
If you want to step out from the shadow of the past and walk fearlessly into a new future, we encourage you to connect with us. To get started, you can email us, use the contact form, call 301-750-1065.