Trauma: Regrowth and Resilience

What is Trauma?

The word trauma has gained increasing attention in recent years, and justifiably so. Similar to anxiety, a trauma response is a type of stress response that can happen in the wake of an event or series of events that are highly emotionally disturbing or life threatening. Examples include being involved in a car accident, being the victim of a crime, being abused, or surviving a natural disaster. The ensuing response can come in the form of extreme stress, disturbance, fear, and a sense of hopelessness and helplessness. If these feelings persist chronically and are left untreated, then one can develop Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. 

Trauma is a psychological response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual's ability to cope, causes feelings of helplessness, and diminishes their sense of self and their ability to feel a full range of emotions and experiences.

Signs You Might Be Experiencing Trauma

Experiencing trauma can manifest in various ways, affecting your emotional, psychological, and physical well-being. Here are signs that you might be experiencing trauma:

Intrusive Thoughts

Unwanted memories, flashbacks, or nightmares about the traumatic event.

Avoidance Behaviors

Avoiding places, people, or activities that remind you of the traumatic event.

Emotional Numbness

Feeling detached from emotions or having difficulty experiencing positive emotions.

Hypervigilance

Being overly alert or on edge, always expecting danger.

Strained Relationships

Experiencing changes in relationships because of your feelings of irritability, anger, or sadness

Physical Pain

Having bodily issues like headaches, muscle tensions, or inexplicable body pains

How we can help

Given the pervasiveness and reach that trauma can have on your life, it is very important to seek help to address these symptoms so that you can feel in control of your life again. In therapy, you will learn that there is nothing wrong with how you are reacting, behaving and thinking, but rather, to recognize that the traumatic event that happened to you was actually the problem.

Fortunately, there are many styles of therapy that can help resource you with tools to help manage trauma symptoms so you can live more comfortably, and some that can help process and manage trauma so that you can finally live in the present again, and not the past. Our trauma-informed and trauma-trained counsellors are ready to help you on your journey of regrowth, and to help you turn your story into one that is filled with resilience.

We have provided three common therapy treatments that are provided at Strive Counselling for you to learn about.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors to improve emotional regulation and develop personal coping strategies.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

A specialized psychotherapy approach that helps process and integrate distressing memories and experiences to reduce their emotional impact.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Addresses emotional dysregulation and interpersonal relationship challenges through cognitive-behavioral techniques.

Crisis Services

If you believe you have experiencing trauma, it’s important to see a doctor first to rule out other potential explanations for your symptoms, please reach out to Victim Link BC or call 1-800-563-0808 for information and community resources

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