Trauma Therapy and
Many people think of trauma or traumatic stress as something one gets from being in combat. After suffering a major injury. Or, surviving a horrible accident or attack. Those things are traumatic but that is not the end of the list. At its most basic level Trauma is the point where we are no longer able to cope with our stress and distress. That can come in the form of a single terrifying event, but it does not have to. It can also come from the accumulation of smaller events that eventually add up and overwhelm us. This can be hard to identify though. No single thing seems to be a big enough problem to be the cause of our struggle. And, so it is easy to overlook, and easy to think the problem is within us.
The effects of stress and trauma on our mind and body include:
compromised immune systems
inability to concentrate
Do we really know where our trauma or PTSD lives?
We also often misattribute where the problem is. Often, these are thought of as problems within ourselves. You may find yourself thinking: “there is something wrong with me” or, "I am broken” with limited ability to function. But this is backward. You are not a problem. These symptoms are what happens when your body is flooded with stress hormones. Sometimes, Adrenaline, Noradrenaline, and Cortisol work together to keep us stuck. This is the correct reaction your mind and body are having to out of control situations.
Trauma Therapy or PTSD Treatment Can Help
There are ways to help work through this. Finding ways to limit exposure to contributing stressors is one thing that we can do. Another is to reach out to our support systems, therapists, friends, and family for help. Getting the stress hormones out of our system is important though and will help us to recover faster. Learning to regulate and relax the physical body is the key. First, identify where in the body you carry the stress. Tight chest, sore muscles, headache, upset stomach, find it wherever you feel it. Once you know where stress affects you focus on relaxing and regulating those areas. Loosen the muscles, control the breathing, and slow the heart rate. As you do, the stress hormones will begin to process out of your body. And, you will regain more levels of functioning to help deal with the problem more directly.
Stress Hormones, PTSD, and Trauma
Helping and connecting with others is another great way to help combat the stress hormones. When we spend time with other people, we feel more connected. Physically, we might hold hands, hug, or make eye contact. Even just doing nice things for each other can help increase connection. When we feel more connected, we introduce the hormones that produce feelings of wellness and togetherness. Serotonin and Oxytocin are magical. Not only do they help make us and others feel better, but they also help to combat the stress hormones. Spending time with each other, and helping each other, helps ourselves.
The Golden Vibes Counseling Approach to Trauma Therapy or PTSD Treatment
No matter the source, we are faced with daily stress, pressure, and the feelings of being under threat. Our connectedness increases our feelings of vulnerability. The availability of every negative experience being splashed across our media affects us every day. Often, this means we are witness to and experience trauma over and over. These are pressures that happen around us and to us. None of it is because you are a flawed human being. Finding ways to daily regulate your body, get relaxed, and connect with others in a positive and meaningful way will help us to overcome our trauma.
At Golden Vibes Counseling in Madison, WI, we are going to help you heal and move forward. You don't have to be trapped by what happened to you in the past. Our trauma therapists use evidence-based PTSD treatment that can help you find healing and move forward. This can include EMDR therapy, Brainspotting, Art Therapy, EFT (tapping), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and more. But, the most important thing to know is that you are going to be met as an individual the whole way.
Begin Trauma Therapy and PTSD Treatment in Madison, WI
When you are ready to start trauma therapy, we are here for you. We know that getting started with a new therapist can itself be a source of stress and worry, so we make it simple! Our Madison, WI-based therapists can even help you anywhere in the state with online therapy in Wisconsin. To get started with trauma therapy or PTSD treatment, just follow these three steps:
Call our office at 608-571-0558 or e-mail us to make an appointment
Start your journey to a more peaceful and grounded life now.
More Mental Health Services at Golden Vibes Counseling Center
At our Madison, WI therapy clinic, we want you to feel comfortable. We know you are a multi-faceted person with a wide range of needs and concerns. That's why we have a lot of different ways to serve you. From therapy in our chic, contemporary counseling space to expert online counseling in Wisconsin, we are ready to meet you where you are. Our professional therapists can help you using a variety of approaches including CBT, EMDR, and Brainspotting. These methods can help with sexual assault recovery, depression treatment, anxiety therapy, OCD treatment, reproductive or maternal mental health, multicultural counseling, and more. We also specialize in LGBTQAI+ counseling and poly-affirming therapies and can assist with gender-affirming care. We truly look forward to meeting you and getting to know you as an individual.