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Emotional Trauma

Emotional Trauma Treatment at Promises

Emotional trauma can contribute to a number of struggles such as addiction, intimacy disorders and eating disorders. At Promises, we utilize a wide range of traditional and alternative therapies in emotional trauma treatment to help clients heal from trauma. Our clinicians are specially trained in trauma and its effects and may draw on trauma therapies such as EMDR, cognitive behavioral therapy and neurofeedback.

Some programs also provide specialized groups to help clients cope with anger, grief and loss, which are all natural responses to trauma. The ultimate goal of trauma treatment at Promises is to restore clients’ sense of stability and security so that they can be empowered to live life fully without turning to destructive coping mechanisms. We create a nurturing, supportive environment where clients can feel safe sharing about difficult topics among peers.

What Is Emotional Trauma?

Emotional trauma results from stressful events that shake a person’s sense that they’re safe physically or emotionally. Individuals with emotional trauma may feel helpless and vulnerable and in a state of constant alert. While people typically think of life-threatening events (such as accidents, natural disasters or violent attacks) as trauma-inducing, any situation or experience that leaves people feeling overwhelmed or unsafe can lead to psychological trauma. This is particularly true when the event happened unexpectedly or repeatedly, the person felt powerless to prevent or stop it, or someone was intentionally abusive.

Whether it’s a one-time event or an ongoing stressor, abuse, a life-or-death situation or an injury or illness, growing up in a neglectful home or the death of a loved one, trauma is in the eye of the beholder. What matters is the individual’s experience of the event and their reaction, whatever it may be, is normal. If an individual has a history of traumatic experiences or stressful life events, they are more vulnerable to the effects of current traumas.

Do You Need Emotional Trauma Treatment?

The effects of past trauma can greatly impact everyday functioning. Often people with emotional trauma need intensive outpatient therapy or residential emotional trauma treatment to recover. Some symptoms of emotional trauma include:

  • Frequently feeling angry, irritable, sad, tense, hopeless, guilty, afraid or disconnected
  • Having a hard time staying focused
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Feeling constantly “on edge” or easily startled
  • Suffering from nightmares, insomnia or fatigue
  • Experiencing unexplained aches and pains or a racing heartbeat
  • Finding it difficult to function at work, school or home
  • Struggling to develop and maintain healthy relationships
  • Avoiding reminders of the trauma
  • Using drugs or alcohol to cope

Traumatic experiences can leave people feeling frightened, alone, numb or distrusting. While every individual responds to trauma differently, one fact remains clear: It takes time to recover from emotional trauma, and treatment can help. You can heal. You can reclaim your life and move forward.

Live Life Fully Again

If you’ve suffered from trauma, whether it occurred in childhood or more recently, there’s hope for recovery. Trauma can be effectively treated. You can feel safe and empowered once again. We can help. Call our compassionate recovery specialists today for a free, confidential consultation: 844-876-5568.

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