Trauma and How Therapy Can Help

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Traumatic events can happen to anyone and there could be numerous causes behind the trauma. These deeply disturbing events can severely impact the lives of affected individuals and their loved ones. In order to overcome trauma and find healing and peace, one must first know what trauma is.

What Is Trauma?

Trauma can be defined as a deeply distressing event that disrupts physical, mental, or emotional well-being in someone’s life. A traumatic event can severely disrupt a person’s thought process, emotional responses, and behavior.

Many people have experienced some kind of traumatic event in their life. While some people are able to find healing from a traumatic event, others can find it difficult to resolve their trauma. The day-to-day lives of these individuals can be deeply affected, and they may require therapy.

Trauma can occur in a variety of ways. Here are a few common causes of trauma:

  • Death of a loved one or pet
  • Financial crisis
  • Physical, mental, or emotional abuse
  • Cancer or other significant health issues

Self-Harm and Substance Abuse

Those affected by trauma can be triggered by experiencing subtle or similar events related to their trauma. When this happens, it is not uncommon for these individuals to reach out for sources of quick relief from their discomfort.

If there are no trauma healing and coping mechanisms in place, those affected by trauma may turn to destructive behaviors. Some may turn to drugs and alcohol in order to suppress the pain they feel. Others may turn to self-harm due to feelings of guilt, shame, or poor self-esteem.

Therapy Solutions

There are healthy habits those suffering from trauma can implement to increase their physical, mental, and emotional well-being, such as regular exercise, meditation, and deep-breathing exercises. However, sometimes what is needed most is working with a therapist.

Sessions with a licensed therapist can help struggling individuals learn how to overcome their trauma in a healthy manner. When equipped with the proper tools to address their trauma, healing and peace can be found.

Contact Summit Malibu

Summit Malibu is committed to helping our patients find healing through holistic therapy. Our Family Therapy program allows patients and loved ones to find help for trauma, addiction, and other illnesses and disorders.

Contact us today to schedule a no-cost, private consultation, or if you have questions about our programs or admissions process.