Trauma as a singular life-threatening event or build beneath the surface for years from micro-moments of emotional injury or neglect. Whether brought on by sudden devastation or repeated injury to the body or psyche, traumatic experiences can make us feel like hostages in our own bodies. Rather than thriving, we are barely surviving. Trying to process trauma on our own can feel impossible, but we may also feel too alone in our suffering to be freed from it. How could anyone else understand, let alone help us move through it? Connecting with the right people at the right time is crucial for any healing journey. Compassionate caregivers with deep experience in integrated trauma therapy like our team at True Life Center know how to guide you through your trauma, reset your mind, and help you create a fresh start in life.
What Is Trauma?
Because trauma manifests differently in every person, it’s difficult to create a definition that covers every experience. Common triggers include sexual abuse, military combat, natural disasters, accidental injury, childhood abuse, and crime victimization. But there are also much more pervasive and subtle forms of trauma that occur on a daily basis such emotionally abusive relationships, neglect of all kinds, and generally when we, as humans, feel unsafe in any way, our bodies experience this as degrees of trauma. The fallout from trauma can affect every aspect of our lives. We become trapped in a state of either agitated hyper-arousal (on the alert) or hypo-arousal (lethargic and unresponsive to our environments).
Our entire being orients itself towards protecting us from impending disaster or feels convinced that we’re still locked in a painful incident that scarred us badly once as the moment keeps replaying in our minds and physical bodies. We may experience cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, immunological, reproductive, and neuroendocrine issues and symptoms, along with irritability, insomnia, lack of focus, aggression, depression, flashbacks, phobias, and mood swings. It’s a troubling and challenging state to be in, for us and for our loved ones.
How To Approach Trauma Therapy
Trauma has much more to do with how our mind, body, and spirit experienced a disturbing event than with the event itself. Our cells store the memory of it, and it sticks around to cause major disruptions to our daily functioning, from a psychological to a cellular level. Because trauma is so tied to stress responses in the mind and body, the most effective treatments combine mental, physical, and spiritual therapies that teach us to re-calibrate those responses.
Calming the whole system reassures the mind and body that we are safe and well in the here and now. When we learn to reframe our cognitive and behavioral responses, regulate our nervous systems, and restore balance to our brain chemistry, we can move away from a state of crisis and break free from the cycle of trauma.
Trauma-specific therapeutic modalities with a high rate of effectiveness include eye movement desensitization, reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Somatic Experiencing (SE), as well as neurofeedback. Mindfulness, yoga, bodywork, nutrition, and fitness regimens can help your body metabolize and move the trauma and soothe the limbic system, rewiring your stress response and alleviating the physical and psychological symptoms of trauma. Traditional psychiatric medications and treatment can support this neurobiological process and help treat the acute symptoms of affect dysregulation, insomnia, appetite disturbance as well as constant hyper-or hypo arousal of the nervous system.
TLC’s Neurobiological Integration Approach
At True Life Center, our dedicated staff is drawn to working with people on finding and freeing their true selves to live their best lives. Our team understands trauma and its far-reaching impact on your relationships and work. Together, we can help you or your loved one explore a healing path that’s custom-designed for you. Our unique, evidence-based Neurobiological Integration approach aims to identify the root cause of your suffering and gets results by using the synergistic combination of:
- Individual psychotherapy with DBT, CBT, EMDR, and/or psychodynamic approach
- Expert psychiatric treatment
- Mindfulness and self-compassion practices
- Yoga therapy
- Body healing with Qi Gong
Find Help For Your Trauma Today
True Life Center is committed to helping individuals find and express their authentic selves. When suffering is deep and enduring, understanding the path forward brings comfort and hope. Our aim is to provide a comprehensive map for long-term recovery from traumatic events and for attaining and sustaining optimal health. We listen carefully to you and your loved ones to understand and co-collaborate in the creation of your True Life Recovery Plan. Finding treatment for your trauma may seem challenging right now, but it’s only a phone call away. Five minutes can give you the key to years of stability and contentment. Give us a ring at 866.420.1792 to start your journey to healing today.