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is a form of therapy that focuses on helping individuals recover from traumatic experiences. Traumatic experiences can include events such as physical or sexual abuse, military combat, natural disasters, or life-threatening accidents. Trauma therapy can help individuals process their emotions and memories associated with the traumatic event and learn coping skills to manage symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
There are several different types of trauma therapy, some including:
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): This type of therapy focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviors associated with trauma.
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT): is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that has been effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD that have developed after experiencing a variety of traumatic events. Generally delivered over 12 sessions and helps patients learn how to challenge and modify unhelpful beliefs related to the trauma. In so doing, the patient creates a new understanding and conceptualization of the traumatic event so that it reduces its ongoing negative effects on current life.
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART): The therapist guides the client to replace the negative images in the mind that cause the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress with positive images of the client’s choosing. No need to discuss any details of the trauma. The eye movements in ART are therapeutic. The eye movements, along with other ART enhancements, make these therapies work much faster and more effectively.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR): This type of therapy involves using eye movements or other forms of stimulation to help individuals process traumatic memories and reduce symptoms.
Prolonged Exposure Therapy: This type of therapy involves repeated exposure to the traumatic memory or situation in a controlled, therapeutic setting to help individuals overcome their fear and anxiety.
Somatic Experiencing: This type of therapy focuses on the physical sensations associated with trauma and helps individuals regulate their nervous system and reduce symptoms.
Expressive/Art Therapy: This type of therapy involves using creative expression to help individuals process and heal from traumatic experiences.
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