Trauma Therapy: How We Treat Trauma

Trauma can have a deep and lasting impact on your ability to get on with normal everyday life but here at Banbury Lodge, we can help you to overcome the pain and suffering you are dealing with. We provide trauma therapy that will help you manage the issues that are affecting you every single day.

What Is Trauma?

Trauma therapy is a type of treatment used by counsellors and therapists at clinics such as Banbury Lodge to effectively manage the pain and suffering caused by traumatic experiences. However, to fully understand what trauma therapy is all about, it might be prudent to first discuss what trauma actually is first.

Traumatic events are those that make you feel as though your safety or life is in jeopardy. If you have suffered a traumatic experience, such as any type of abuse or violence, you will understand exactly what is meant by this. Trauma leaves you feeling overwhelmed both physically and emotionally. You may even feel isolated or alone because of the impact that this event has had on your life.

Trauma can come in many different forms; abuse and violence are but two examples. The death of a loved one, being bullied, being involved in a serious accident, or witnessing a violent crime can all lead to emotional and psychological trauma.

It is also worth remembering that trauma can affect individuals in many ways. Some people will suffer the effects of trauma almost immediately after the event while for others, the impact may not be felt fully for weeks, months or even years later.

What Is Trauma Therapy?

Trauma therapy is a form of therapy designed to treat the effects of a traumatic event. The fundamental aim of this type of therapy is to help the affected individual to feel safe and secure. The experience that you have had may have left you struggling to cope with everyday life.

You might be struggling to maintain relationships with loved ones because of the emotional distress you have suffered. You may even be self-medicating with mood-altering substances such as alcohol or drugs. This is quite normal.

If you are struggling to control your emotions, are feeling worried and anxious, and are experiencing flashbacks of the event, it is likely that you need some help. Talking to someone such as a counsellor or therapist can help you regain a sense of control over your life once more.

Can Banbury Lodge Help Me Overcome My Trauma?

At Banbury Lodge, we have a team of fully trained counsellors and therapists with experience and knowledge of trauma and how it affects those that suffer from it. Our programmes are designed to help you develop positives thought patterns for dealing with your trauma-related memories.

We work hard to ensure that any therapies we use are specifically designed with you in mind. We know that the key to helping you overcome your trauma is to find a programme that works for you and your particular requirements.

We understand that you are likely to find it difficult to talk through your experiences and we also know that this is an emotionally distressing time. However, our expert counsellors and therapists have been fully trained to guide you through this process with minimum pain and suffering. We will ensure that you feel safe and secure during your treatments and will always work at a pace that suits you.

Treatments Used in Therapy

When it comes to helping you overcome the impact of a traumatic event, various treatment options are available to our counsellors and services. The basis of trauma therapy is to encourage you to talk about the event and to help you process the memories to minimise their impact on your everyday life. This can be achieved with various treatments, including:

  • Individual Counselling – Individual counselling will take place between you and one of our counsellors. During these sessions, you will discuss the traumatic event that you experienced. We understand that this can be deeply distressing and can bring forth painful memories, but know that you will be fully supported at all times to help you get through the process. The aim of these discussions is to enable you to talk about what happened and to help you learn how to deal with the memories without being traumatised.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is used to replace the negative memories and emotions with thoughts or actions that allow you to cope. During CBT, you will be encouraged to think about the event in detail so that you can identify the traumatic memories clearly. Your counsellor will then help you to change the way you think or feel about this experience in a bid to help you get some control over your distress. For example, you may have an irrational fear that the same experience will happen again, or you could be blaming yourself for something that was in no way your fault. This counselling will help to overcome these thought patterns.
  • Group Therapy – Where appropriate, you may take part in group discussions with other trauma sufferers. Sharing stories and experiences can be therapeutic in terms of showing you different ways to manage your own thoughts and experiences.

What Are the Benefits?

You are probably well aware of the negative impact that trauma can have on daily life. Living your life with the constant fear of flashbacks as well as feelings of anxiety and isolation may be preventing you from living a normal life.

You could be struggling to maintain relationships with those around you, and you may feel completely alone. You might even be using chemical substances to try to block out the pain and suffering you are experiencing. If this is the case, you could end up suffering even more.

Many of those who experience trauma will try to numb the pain or block out any traumatic memories by consuming chemical substances. While this may provide temporary relief, continued substance abuse can lead to addiction and poor health.

Trauma therapy can help to get your life back on track. Your experience and how it has affected you, both mentally and emotionally, could be ruining your chances of living a normal life. Nonetheless, if you access a programme of trauma therapy right now, you could learn how to manage your thoughts and feelings effectively, eventually allowing you to regain control of your life once more.

If your relationship with family members has been suffering because of the effects of your traumatic experience, you can look forward to getting these back on track too. As part of a treatment programme with Banbury Lodge, you and your family members will learn how to overcome the impact that your trauma has had.

What Are the Available Treatments?

Banbury Lodge offers inpatient treatment. You might find an inpatient programme useful to help you overcome the effects of your traumatic experience, particularly if you have also been abusing mood-altering chemicals to help ease your pain and suffering.

Our inpatient programmes are typically between six and twelve weeks long, with the length of stay depending on your needs and individual circumstances. Just for your information, our clinic is decorated to the very highest standard, ensuring your comfort and safety at all times.

We can help you to turn your life around with trauma therapy. You do not have to continue living with the dark cloud of your experience hanging over your head. Please call us today to learn more about Banbury Lodge and the type of programmes we provide. We will answer any questions you have about our programmes, our clinic or anything else you wish to discuss.

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