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Trauma Therapy Program

Experiencing abuse, life-threatening or even dangerous situations can leave a lifelong impression on someone’s psyche. Whether someone has been a victim or witnessed someone being hurt, certain events can impact a person’s emotions. Trauma therapy, or trauma-informed care, helps people manage their emotions associated with specific experiences. Greater Boston Behavioral Health provides a wide range of mental health therapy programs in Massachusetts. Our approach is to empower our clients to express themselves so that they can effectively navigate their traumatic experiences confidently. Call us today at the behavioral health Helpline to learn how we can support in managing the aftermath of traumatic situations.

What Is Trauma Therapy?

Trauma therapy is a form of counseling designed to help individuals recover from traumatic events that have had a lasting impact on their lives. Traumatic events may include physical or sexual abuse, natural disasters, accidents, violent attacks, combat, or life-threatening illnesses. Left unaddressed, trauma can negatively impact one’s relationships, work, and overall well being.

Trauma therapy aims to help individuals process their traumatic experiences, manage distressing thoughts and feelings, and regain a sense of control over their lives. The goal is to alleviate trauma-related symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, and depression.

Why Do People Need Trauma Therapy?

Any event that causes a shift in a person’s psychological or emotional functioning is a reason to participate in a trauma therapy program. Here are some reasons to reach out for trauma therapy:

  • Assault or abuse
  • Accidents 
  • Bullying 
  • Childhood abuse or neglect
  • Combat trauma
  • Communal violence  
  • Domestic violence 
  • Grief 
  • Injuries 
  • Natural disasters 
  • Witnessing a traumatic event

Everyone exposed to a dangerous event or abusive situation will develop trauma. However, some people will experience trauma symptoms for several weeks, while others will feel the long-term effects of a situation. 

Our trauma therapy program helps clients address their trauma while finding positive ways to manage their symptoms. 

What Are the Symptoms of Traumatic Experiences?

When a traumatic situation impacts someone, their reaction may vary based on their behaviors, other mental health disorders, exposure to other traumatic events, and the type of event. 

Responses can be psychological and physical. Therefore, someone exposed to trauma may feel anger, fear, shame, confusion, and hopelessness. Flashbacks, nightmares, and emotional outbursts might also be present in someone’s life. In contrast, a physical response to trauma can include headaches, sleepiness, sweating, and uneasiness. 

Benefits of Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy can help individuals:

  • Make sense of their traumatic experiences and put them into a proper context.
  • Develop coping skills to manage distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
  • Regain a sense of safety and control over their lives.
  • Improve relationships by learning healthy communication and boundary setting.
  • Reduce trauma-related symptoms like depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances.
  • Re-engage in daily activities and pursue life goals.
  • Gain insight and perspective on the trauma and its impact.

About Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapists use a variety of evidence-based techniques depending on the individual’s needs. Common approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and prolonged exposure therapy. Therapy may involve talking, journaling, role-playing, relaxation exercises, and other activities. The therapist serves as a guide to help individuals process their trauma and develop effective coping skills. Medication may also be used in conjunction with therapy to manage symptoms.

Why People Get Trauma

Trauma can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background. Common causes of trauma include:

  • Childhood abuse or neglect
  • Violent crime or accidents
  • Natural disasters
  • Military combat
  • Life-threatening illness
  • Witnessing a traumatic event​

Find Relief with a Trauma Therapy Program at Greater Boston Behavioral Health

Trauma therapy  is an effective form of treatment for many different types of mental health disorders. At GBBH, we offer comprehensive trauma therapy services tailored to each client’s unique needs. If you’re looking for treatment for yourself or someone close to you, don’t hesitate to contact Greater Boston Behavioral Health today at Mental Health Helpline to learn more about the trauma therapy programs in Boston, MA.
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