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Trauma Therapy

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Trauma Therapy

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Psychotraumatology and psychological assistance

What is a psychological trauma?

Over time, people have developed strategies and knowledge to cope with the psychological suffering of losses, accidents, catastrophes, and injuries. There is in all civilization a series of rituals, customs, and traditions that aim to protect people from the painful effects of mental trauma. Furthermore, there are practices and rituals that are meant to increase the person’s resistance to psychological trauma, as well as myths that show that the suffering and psychological trauma can be overcome and even lead to human growth and development.

When it comes to psychological trauma, we refer to the psychological consequences of traumatic events and situations. That is, we need to differentiate between the outside – the event and the traumatic situation – and the inside – the trauma or the psychological injury. It is the wound produced within our personality system, from the most superficial levels to the deepest. A wound is actually a loss, a break of personality integrity. This tear is indicated by several notions in psychology: splitting or traumatic dissociation.

The consequences of this traumatic injury can be extremely painful and disturbing, as they are the basis for consistent psychological transformations, both negative and positive for the person who suffers.

How do we treat psychological trauma?

The ability to cope with traumatic situations depends on personality, character, previous experiences, the magnitude of the effect of the traumatic event and the support offered by others.
In the case of traumatized patients, early interventions have great advantages. They aim is reducing the stress, preventing the onset of PTSD, and chronicle it, and helping to avoid pathological reactions.

The most important aspects, that need to be taken into account regarding the reactions to trauma and loss, are that they are normal, they must be allowed to express themselves, and that they are part of a long-lasting process.

The process of trauma is developing over a long term. Even though the memories are no longer painful and suffering has decreased much in intensity, feelings of guilt and regret it’s possible to persist. In the traumatic process often, a pathological development occurs and sometimes the old symptoms can return.

The aim of trauma therapy is to support the client in the process of relieving suffering caused by loss and trauma (through the completion of the phases of the traumatic process or by mourning the loss).

Avoiding re-traumatization

Re-traumatization is one of the most often considered by the concerned professionals with the improvement of posttraumatic effects and stopping traumatization. The understanding of traumatic factors has generated a direction related to prevention, meaning the limitation of manifestations of traumatic factors and events, but also related to protection, meaning to stimulate human physical and psychic capacities, which are capable of limiting the effects of possible factors with traumatic potential.

Discover more about the connection between mind and body, how psychotherapy can help you overcome a difficult period or childhood trauma, how to manage better your emotions and how to keep stress under control. Browse the information on the web site and send the contact form to PsihoHelp with your message or questions, either to make your appointment.

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