It’s estimated that about one in five adults have problems with mental illness. These numbers are higher than they ever were before. This isn’t because more people are mentally ill than previously in history, but because more people are aware mental health issues and feel more comfortable talking about them.

You might wonder if you’re suffering from one or several mental health conditions. Individuals who have been exposed to a traumatic event are even more at risk of experiencing challenges with their mental health. If you’re struggling to regulate your emotions, connect with people around you, and feel better, you might be right.

Trauma therapy can be an important element to the mental health journey or anyone who has experienced trauma. But what exactly are the benefits of getting into trauma therapy?

This article will walk you through a few.

Deeper Understanding

When you’ve been exposed to a trauma, and you also suffer from a preexisting mental health condition, your symptoms can be compounded even more if you don’t understand what’s going on. You may feel a sudden sense of anxiety and dread without knowing exactly where that feeling came from.

Working with an experienced therapist will give you the language to describe what you’re feeling, how to make sense of your thoughts and feelings, and what you can do about it.

Your therapist will encourage you to talk about your struggles in a nonjudgmental and confidential environment. These interactions may help you make inferences and connections that you never made before.

Your trauma therapist will be highly skilled and experienced in treating people who have experienced a trauatic event. They will have worked with clients that have similar conditions, and be able to provide you some context for your experience. They will normalize and validate your feelings, which will lead you feeling understood and heard.

Sometimes, the correct language for your problems is enough to help you better navigate them.

Improve Other Areas of Life

Your therapist can give you perspectives and coping strategies that can help you improve other areas of your life as well. While you might not feel like you’re suffering every day, there will be other stresses in your life — things that will make you feel depressed, anxious or trapped.

Your therapist will work with you to develop healthy coping strategies so you can feel less reactive, and more able to self regulate overwhelming and painful feelings. These strategies can be used in a variety of other situations, and taught to your friends and loved ones.

Assess if Medication is Needed

If you find out that you suffer from post traumatic symptoms, your therapist can help you determine if receiving a psychiatric evaluation is needed. They can refer you to a psychiatrist who can evaluate your wellbeing, and assess whether or not medication can help you.

Trauma Therapy Will Help You

If you feel like you’re suffering after experiencing a traumatic event, starting trauma therapy can help you learn more about yourself, your symptoms, and how the event has impacted the various parts of your life.

For more information on clinical therapy, contact us today.

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