A trauma therapist strives to help their patients understand and cope with their experience. They may provide support in the form of groups or individual sessions. For some patients, medication may also be prescribed to help with symptoms such as anxiety or depression.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most common types of therapy used by trauma therapists. CBT focuses on helping patients identify and change negative thoughts and behaviors that are contributing to their distress.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is another type of therapy that may be used by trauma therapists. EMDR involves having the patient recall their trauma while simultaneously attending to an external stimulus, such as bilateral eye movements, hand taps, or auditory tones. This helps the patient process the memory in a more adaptive way.
In trauma therapy, you will work with a therapist to gradually explore your feelings and memories surrounding the traumatizing event. This process can be difficult, but it is important to work through these emotions in order to heal.
Your therapist will create a safe and welcoming environment where you can feel comfortable sharing your story. They may also use other techniques to help you cope with your emotions, such as relaxation exercises or art therapy.