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Trauma-Focused Psychotherapy: A Guide to Healing from Trauma

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Trauma-focused psychotherapy is a specialized form of therapy designed to help individuals who have experienced trauma to heal and move forward in their lives. Trauma can be defined as any event that causes significant distress or harm, and it can have physical, emotional, or psychological effects.
If you're looking for trauma-focused psychotherapy, it's essential to understand what it entails. This type of therapy is typically based on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). These approaches help individuals process and work through traumatic events.
The first step in trauma-focused psychotherapy is to establish a safe and supportive environment. The therapist provides a comfortable and secure space where the individual can feel safe and build a strong therapeutic relationship with the therapist.
The next step is to use specific techniques and interventions to help the individual process and work through their traumatic experiences. CBT may involve challenging negative thoughts and beliefs associated with the trauma. EMDR uses eye movements to help process and reframe traumatic memories.
Lastly, the therapist provides coping skills and strategies to manage symptoms and maintain progress over time. These include relaxation techniques, mindfulness exercises, and other self-care strategies.

If you or someone you know has experienced trauma and is struggling to cope, consider seeking a qualified trauma-focused therapist who can provide support and guidance. With the right help and tools, it's possible to heal and move forward after trauma.

Juliana Overbeck, Headshot Juliana Overbeck Juliana Overbeck is a Licensed Master Social Worker and graduate of New York University. Juliana is proficient in serving individuals with mood disorders/depression, anxiety, complex trauma, ADHD, OCD, life transitions and severe mental illness. In addition, Juliana has direct experience working with clients in the LGBTQ community who experience relationship and identity issues and challenges related to sexual exploration.

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