How to Heal from Emotional Trauma with Therapy

Emotional trauma is much more common than some people realize, or accept. The encouraging and positive fact is that healing from emotional trauma can happen with trauma therapy in Pittsburgh.

Emotional trauma is commonly triggered by life situations, including the death of someone close, abuse or neglect, an unhealthy, difficult relationship or a breakup, combat, a plane or car crash, experiencing a natural disaster like a hurricane or an earthquake or even failing a big exam.

Experts point out that emotional trauma usually has three stages: the event itself, the experience attached to the event, and the effects of the event as the person moves forward.

With trauma therapy in Pittsburgh, there can be healing from trauma, although experts caution that healing from trauma is not like recovering from a physical injury. Time helps heal a wound like a cut or sprain. Healing from emotional trauma is much different.

The person with trauma must actively engage in the healing and recovery. Remaining passive, the trauma symptoms can linger or even get worse over time.

The best (and most effective) way to heal from emotional trauma is to seek trauma therapy in Pittsburgh, and the expertise and input of mental health professionals about dealing with the healing process.

  • Acknowledging the cause. After a traumatic situation, people are sometimes reluctant to believe the situation happened. Maybe even denial. Acknowledging the significance of the situation is a key to healing.
  • Accepting support. Unfortunately, some people with emotional trauma push away support and compassion from people who care—friends, family, or coworkers—insisting that they can manage okay on their own.
  • Practicing self-care. There is tremendous value in simple things, like taking a long bath, listening to music, watching a favorite movie, getting a massage or enjoying a nice meal.
  • Focusing on physical health. How a person feels physically significantly impacts how they mentally. When emotional trauma threatens moods and mental health, it is important to pay attention to physical health. To focus on diet, physical activity, and a sleep schedule.

Eating healthy food will give someone the energy to find the motivation to accomplish goals. Exercise offers many mental health benefits, including improved mood and lower anxiety. Restful sleep can restore the mind and recharge a person’s battery for the next day.

Healing from emotional trauma takes time, persistence, and optimism. Trauma therapy in Pittsburgh can help.

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