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Your sense of yourself, others, and the world around you hasn’t felt the same since it happened to you. You’ve lived through trauma, and you’re in waters that feel dark, lonely, undesirable, and yet all too familiar.

You are not alone.

Trauma can profoundly affect one’s life, manifesting in complex and often unexpected ways. Recognizing this, our approach is grounded in compassion, confidentiality, and providing a supportive environment where healing can begin.

We offer specialized trauma-informed care designed to address the unique challenges and strengths of each individual. It is our commitment to walk alongside you with empathy and expertise as you embark on your journey towards healing and rediscovery.

What is Trauma?

Understanding trauma and its comprehensive impact is crucial in developing effective interventions that facilitate recovery and promote resilience, allowing you to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment over your life.

Trauma is an emotional response to intense and distressing events that shatter an individual’s sense of security, leading to feelings of helplessness and vulnerability. From a psychological perspective, trauma can disrupt the normal functioning of those affected, influencing emotional, cognitive, and neurobiological processes.

The aftermath might manifest through intrusive memories, emotional numbing, heightened anxiety, and avoidance behaviors, impacting daily functioning and interpersonal relationships.

It’s essential to recognize that trauma is not just an event or even a series of events, but the profound and personal response you have to those events.

Trauma can touch the very core of your being, altering your perceptions of safety and trust in the world around you. It’s a unique and deeply personal experience that varies greatly from one individual to another, encapsulating a range of emotions from fear and despair to isolation and confusion.

At ChangeWell Psych, our aim is to provide a compassionate and safe space where you can voice and process these experiences.

What Are The Most Common Types of Trauma?

Trauma can manifest from a myriad of experiences that overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope, leaving a profound impact on their mental, emotional, and physical well-being. One of the most common sources of trauma is experiencing or witnessing violence, which could include:

  • Assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Family-systems issues and attachment wounds
  • Muggings or other crime

Such experiences can shatter your sense of security and lead to intense fear, helplessness, or horror. Survivors may struggle with disturbing memories, feelings of anger and betrayal, and difficulties in trusting others again, profoundly affecting their relationships and sense of connection.

Another prevalent source of trauma stems from accidents and natural disasters, such as:

  • Car accidents
  • Fires
  • Earthquakes
  • Severe illnesses

Survivors of these events often relive the terrifying moments through flashbacks and nightmares, leading to an ongoing sense of danger and vulnerability. The unpredictability of these events can cause intense anxiety and a perpetual state of alertness, significantly altering an individual’s outlook on life and their sense of safety in their everyday environment.

Additionally, trauma can also arise from chronic stressors such as:

  • Battling long-term illness
  • Experiencing systemic discrimination
  • Enduring the hardships of poverty

Unlike the acute trauma resulting from a singular event, these situations create a sustained state of stress and threat, wearing down the individual’s resilience and coping mechanisms over time. Understanding the varied nature of trauma is crucial in recognizing its effects on an individual’s life and constitutes the first step toward healing and recovery.

What Treatments for Trauma Are Available?

A multitude of therapeutic approaches are available to aid individuals in their recovery from trauma. By working closely with one of our caring therapists, you can learn to identify and alter negative thoughts, manage emotional responses, and gradually confront traumatic memories in a controlled and safe setting.

Different approaches can include:

  • Traditional talk therapy
  • Exposure therapy, which includes carefully guided and gradual exposure to the distressing memories and situations
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is based on the idea that the mind can heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma
  • Group therapy
  • Support groups

With the guidance of your therapist, the path to recovery is tailored to meet your unique needs and help you reclaim your sense of self and stability.

Trauma Therapy at ChangeWell Psych

We strive to provide compassionate treatment from a research and evidence-based perspective in order to help guide you through your healing journey. As such, the trauma-focused therapies that we offer are considered the “gold standard” for treating trauma. We know that everyone’s experience with trauma is unique, so we offer a diverse range of therapeutic modalities tailored to meet your individual needs. Some of these include:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – ACT offers a valuable framework for individuals grappling with the aftermath of trauma by promoting mindfulness strategies with commitment and behavioral choices to increase psychological flexibility and a values-driven life. At the heart of ACT is the process of accepting distressing experiences without judgment while committing to actions that align with personal values. For those dealing with trauma, ACT helps in learning to make space for painful thoughts and feelings, reducing the power they hold, and disrupting the cycles of avoidance that often perpetuate suffering.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – The core of EMDR involves recalling traumatic memories while simultaneously engaging in bilateral stimulation, typically through guided eye movements. This process is believed to facilitate the brain’s intrinsic healing abilities, akin to the psychological processing that occurs during REM sleep. By reactivating the traumatic memory in a safe, controlled environment and redirecting the brain’s attentional focus, EMDR helps to diminish the distress associated with the memory.
  • Somatic Attachment Therapy – Sims to increase a sense of safety and security in the body. This therapy approach focuses on processing subconscious emotions that manifest physically and interrupt the cycle of reenacting protective attachment patterns. Components of somatic therapy include identifying protective parts of self and ways to respond to “inner child” wounds.
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) – Is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy for PTSD and trauma that focuses on modifying u the way that trauma survivors think about and interpret the traumatic events they have experienced. The core themes of CPT focus on themes of safety, control, intimacy, power, esteem, and trust relating to the self, world, and others. Out-of-session home practice is a central component of this trauma therapy in order to enhance changes in thought and reduction in PTSD symptoms.
  • Prolonged Exposure (PE) – Combines cognitive-behavioral therapy and exposure-based therapy that is focused on recounting the traumatic experince(s) in a controlled, therapeutic setting. The objective is to increase emotional tolerance and reduce frequency of intrusive thoughts and memories. This therapy typically involves 8-15 weekly sessions, each lasting about 90 minutes with between-session exposure exercises.
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) – Is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy for young trauma survivors and their families. The process typically involves 12-25 sessions to focus on: psychoeducation; parenting skills; relaxation techniques; emotion regulation; and restructuring the trauma narrative.
  • Couples and family sessions to support a loved one who has experienced a traumatic event – Couples and family therapy can provide critical support for a loved one who has experienced trauma by fostering an environment of understanding and collective healing. It helps strengthen communication, allowing family members to express their feelings and concerns effectively while learning how to support the traumatized member’s unique needs.

Overcome Trauma With the Help of Our Trauma Therapists Today!

Trauma therapy works. Our ChangeWell therapists have put years into training in evidence-based treatment methods that include cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT), and related approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Trauma-Focused Therapies.

Our team of therapists conceptualize trauma with culturally responsive and LGBTQ+ affirming approaches as we honor that the impact of trauma intersects with identity, including (and not limited to) a person’s racial background, physical characteristics, skin color, gender, and sexual orientation.

ChangeWell therapists offer therapy in North Carolina and all PSYPACT states including, but not limited to North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and Georgia.

If you are ready to feel differently and take control of your life with the guidance of a highly skills therapist, your next steps are at your fingertips by:

We are ready to walk with you as you move into your trauma healing.

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