Trauma Informed Practice/Therapy

What is Trauma Informed Practice/Therapy?

Trauma informed practice/therapy encompasses various psychological interventions that can target trauma, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR). These therapeutic approaches aim to provide education about trauma, equip individuals with stress management techniques, and assist them with facing distressing memories and challenging situations that elicit fear. By combining these strategies, trauma informed therapy offers comprehensive support and guidance to individuals in their healing journey. (Australian Psychological Society (APS)(n.d) ‘Trauma’, APS, accessed January 2024)

When is Trauma Informed Therapy Used?

Trauma informed therapy is used when an individual has experienced trauma, which can include events like abuse, violence, accidents, or natural disasters.  However, trauma can have different meanings for different people.  Trauma informed therapy can also be useful for those who have experienced ongoing stress or adverse childhood experiences. Trauma can have long-lasting effects on mental health, relationships, and overall functioning. Trauma Informed therapy helps individuals understand and address these effects, supporting their journey towards recovery and building healthier coping strategies.

What to Expect in Trauma Informed Therapy sessions

Establishing Safety and Trust: Your psychologist will create a safe and non-judgmental space where you can feel comfortable sharing your experiences. Building trust and a strong therapeutic relationship is essential in Trauma Informed therapy.

Psychoeducation: Your psychologist will help you understand trauma, its effects on the mind and body, and how it may be impacting your life. Learning about trauma can empower you and provide a foundation for the therapeutic process.

Trauma Processing: Trauma informed therapy may involve exploring traumatic experiences, thoughts, and emotions in a safe and controlled manner. Your psychologist will guide you through this process, providing support and helping you develop effective coping strategies.

Building Coping Skills: Your psychologist will help you develop practical tools and strategies to manage distressing symptoms and emotions associated with trauma. These skills may include relaxation techniques, grounding exercises, and self-care practices that promote resilience and well-being.

Gradual Healing and Integration: Trauma informed therapy recognises that healing takes time. Your psychologist will guide you through a gradual process of integration, allowing you to make sense of your experiences, develop a new narrative, and rebuild your life with a stronger sense of self and purpose.

Remember, trauma informed therapy is personalised to your unique needs and experiences. Your psychologist will adapt the approach to ensure it is respectful, empowering, and supportive of your healing journey.

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