Trauma Therapy

Healing Through Trauma Therapy

Unvaled Psychological specializes in providing compassionate and effective trauma therapy to help you heal and move forward. Trauma therapy focuses on understanding and processing traumatic experiences, whether they stem from childhood, recent events, or ongoing situations. Our approach is tailored to your unique needs, utilizing evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE). We aim to create a safe, supportive environment where you can explore your feelings, develop coping strategies, and regain a sense of control and well-being.

Prolonged Exposure Therapy

Prolonged exposure is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that teaches individuals to gradually approach trauma-related memories, feelings and situations. Most people want to avoid anything that reminds them of the trauma they experienced but doing so reinforces their fear. By facing what has been avoided, a person can decrease symptoms of PTSD by actively learning that the trauma-related memories and cues are not dangerous and do not need to be avoided. This is accomplished through in vivo and imaginal exposure.

In vivo exposure involves repeatedly engaging in activities, situations, or behaviors that are avoided because of the trauma, but which are not actually dangerous. Over time, In vivo exposure reduces excessive fear, and other distressing emotions, and encourages the recognition that the avoided situations are not excessively dangerous, and that the client can cope effectively even when distressed.

Imaginal exposure involves repeatedly revisiting the traumatic experience in memory describing the event aloud in detail. The narrative is recorded and the client listens to the recording between sessions to maximize therapeutic value. Revisiting the event in this way promotes processing of the trauma memory by activating the thoughts and emotions associated with the trauma in a safe context. Imaginal exposure also helps the client realize he or she can cope with the distress associated with the memory.

Cognitive processing therapy

CPT is based on the idea that PTSD symptoms stem from a conflict between pre-trauma beliefs about the self and world and post-trauma information. For example, a pre-trauma belief could be the world is a safe place, and nothing bad will happen to me, while post-trauma information may suggest that the world is, in fact, dangerous and hazardous. These conflicts are called “stuck points” and are addressed through various techniques such as writing about the traumatic event. Trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT): This form of therapy is for children and adolescents. It can help address inaccurate beliefs and unhealthy behavior patterns.

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing

This form of treatment involves using rhythmic left-right (bilateral) stimulation to help release emotions that have been blocked by trauma.

How is EMDR therapy different from other therapies? EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or completing homework between sessions. EMDR therapy, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process. EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other
psychotherapies.

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