What is Trauma Therapy?
Trauma is, according to the American Psychological Association (APA), “an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape, or natural disaster.” But, a person can experience trauma from any event that they find physically or emotionally threatening. I am experienced in treating clients who have experienced trauma and have emotional and mental health issues as a result.
Trauma Therapy in Charlotte, NC
Trauma can have long-term effects on a person’s well-being. Over time, if symptoms persist, the trauma can develop into a mental health disorder called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In my sessions, I utilize a therapy that has been highly successful in healing trauma called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is an integrative therapy that has been widely studied and proven to be effective for psychological trauma. The standard EMDR protocol is an eight-phase treatment, which identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the brain’s natural resilience or coping capacity. EMDR uses eye movements or other forms of stimulation delivered on both sides of the body (bilateral stimulation) to help the brain process traumatic memories more adaptively.
One awesome component of EMDR is it does not require talking in detail about the distressing concern or require homework between sessions. However, it is important to have appropriate coping mechanisms to assist with potential stressors relating to processing between sessions. EMDR sessions typically last 60 to 90 minutes.
EMDR can also assist with substance use or abuse. Many individuals with substance abuse concerns have underlying trauma. Therefore, EMDR can be very beneficial in supporting substance abuse recovery. There are also protocols that can potentially assist with managing cravings and urges for use.
Trauma Therapy Can Help With:
- Long term feelings of denial, anger, fear, sadness, or shame
- Anxiety, depression, and hopelessness that comes from trauma
- Substance abuse
- Physical symptoms such as fatigue, aches & pains, or a racing heart
Trauma Therapy with Natalie Stainback
I recognize no two clients are the same. I would like to get to know you and support you with your path of recovery. We can explore options for trauma therapy and treatment to determine what will work best for your current concerns and circumstances. Learn more about my experience and how I work to help clients improve their lives through trauma therapy.