How We Help
We are aware that trauma is determined largely by the subjective human experience, and what is traumatizing to one person may not even create an emotional response in another.
And it’s absolutely okay to feel this way and be this way. Trauma has to be addressed the soonest possible time as it can worsen, meaning the person affected can become more and more traumatized as time goes by.
What causes traumas? Here are just some of the major roots of trauma in people:
- 1. Singular events can cause trauma. These events can involve accidents, having physical injuries, being attacked by someone, and some events that transpire during childhood.
Children are more vulnerable to traumatizing events as they don’t have the coping mechanisms nor the mental and emotional maturity to adapt and manage extreme events.
Many adults carry with them deep trauma scars from childhood that they continue to shoulder many, many years after the actual event.
It doesn’t matter if the event happened when the person was four or five years old. What matters is that the event had a most palpable effect on the person, and the outcome was trauma.
- 2. Unending stress in its many forms can also cause trauma. Stress is a natural response of the body when it feels threatened. However, the way modern life is shaped, people often go through their whole lives with relentless stress.
The stress is never managed, and thus, different kinds of trauma emerge. Some examples of unrelenting stress include having to deal with a major illness that requires constant care and expenses, or having to deal with a household that suffers from domestic violence. Being in a place that doesn’t make you feel safe at all times can also cause trauma.
- 3. And finally, we have causes that may have been overlooked because they don’t cause trauma to the majority of the population. For example, a straight A student who was not accepted to the university that he/she wanted may become suddenly traumatized and unable to study well or focus anymore.
Physically, there is nothing wrong with the student and his school records are still good, but he/she doesn’t want to study anymore. This is an obvious sign of trauma, but the person may not be aware that it is already trauma, and those around this person may feel that he/she is ‘simply acting up.’
Trauma therapy involves gradually working through the possible causes of the trauma in a safe, nurturing, and controlled environment. Herein lies the big difference between getting the proper therapy and just talking about what is bothering you with a friend or family member.
Psychotherapy revolves around creating actual strategies that trauma sufferers can use to cope with the trauma, and this allows for recovery from the disorder itself. We recommend getting treated for trauma and getting therapy to improve the emotional and mental wellbeing of the patient.
The main goals of trauma therapy is being able to finally face the past without being overcome or crushed by it, reducing the signs or symptoms associated with the person’s trauma, working with the patient so that his/her perspective will shift from dwelling on the past to looking forward and working on the present and future, improve the day to day functioning and wellbeing of the patient, and reclaiming what was lost due to the trauma. The process is usually gradual in the beginning, but as the patient gathers more strength and courage, the improvements turn to leaps and bounds.