Foundations Counseling in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor offers trauma therapy and counseling for individuals who have experienced a traumatic event or series of events in their lives.
Psychological trauma is a type of damage to the psyche that occurs as a result of a traumatic experience, and people who have endured trauma may find themselves feeling hopeless, depressed, and confused. Childhood trauma can even have long-lasting impacts throughout your life. Events that involve trauma can be a single experience or an enduring or repeating event or chain of events.
Psychological trauma may accompany physical trauma or exist independently of it. Some common causes of trauma include, but aren’t limited to:
- Sexual abuse or violence (or the threat of either)
- Witnessing sexual abuse or violence (particularly in childhood)
- Catastrophic events like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, war, or other mass violence
- Long-term exposure to situations like extreme poverty
- Verbal abuse
As a result of trauma, many people also feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to cope with the resulting feelings. Regardless of the origin, our counselors are familiar with the dynamics of trauma. They know how difficult it can be to understand, express, and cope with traumatic experiences. In therapy, you’ll learn how to replace any negative feelings and thought patterns with helpful, productive, and fulfilling emotional alternatives.
What You Can Expect with Trauma Therapy
There are a variety of therapeutic approaches that can be utilized to help you overcome the effects of trauma. We’ll start the counseling process by finding the right healing relationship. Next, you and your therapist will work together to help you find a sense of physical and psychological safety. We then help you move through the exploration of memories and the emotional pain that is associated with those memories. The goal is to help you reduce the intensity of the emotions that those memories bring up so that you can live life more freely.
Therapies used in the treatment of psychological trauma include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Brief therapy
- Psychodynamic psychotherapy
- Play therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Narrative therapy
When to Ask for Help
If a traumatic event or series of events has caused you to feel hopeless, depressed, or overwhelmed, trauma therapy and counseling can help. Even if you experienced childhood trauma, seeking help during adulthood can help you find peace.
Throughout therapy, you’ll learn concrete ways to help yourself cope with your emotions so that you can begin leading a happier life. Regardless of the origin of your distress, a structured therapy plan has the power to reshape the way you live your life.
Set up a Free Consultation
If you or someone you know would benefit from trauma therapy, please contact Foundations Counseling in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor to arrange a free consultation.