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Emotional and psychological trauma is capable of affecting people quite severely, destroying their sense of security and making them feel helpless and unprotected. These traumas usually take place after certain events which make people feel overwhelmed with negative emotions. Physical harm may also be involved in the traumatic process. However, the whole effect of a traumatic occurrence does not stem from objective standpoints, but, rather, from an individual interpretation. Basically, the weaker the person is, the more likely he/she will be traumatized.

Seeking Help

Understanding the trauma and dealing with it on your own can be quite demanding and overwhelming, even impossible at certain point. Therefore, it is best to seek professional help and find an experienced and well-qualified trauma specialist.

Once you begin this search, you need to have a plan regarding the type of person you are looking for. Basically, you need someone who you can feel comfortable and safe with, knowing that you are respected and completely understood. After your first meeting with your potential therapist, check whether all of your requirements were met. Only when you feel and know that a specific therapist will be excellent for you should you choose him/her.

The Therapy

Once you agree to undergo treatment, you need to be aware that your trauma will be analyzed and brought to the surface. You will need to talk about your unpleasant memories, to let your negative energy discharge, learn how to deal with the strongest of your emotions and manage to trust other people once again.

Your therapy may take various forms. For example, if you undergo Somatic experiencing, the therapy will focus on your bodily sensations, teaching you how to heal. Memories are less relevant here and shaking, crying and other forms of physical release of emotions will be practiced.

Alternatively, you may take part in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, where you will share your memories with your therapist while he/she will be asking you to follow his/she finger movements with your eyes, this way stimulating the process.

Finally, you may undergo cognitive behavioral therapy which focuses on your feelings and patterns of thinking.

Physical discharge of suppressed emotions is achieved through many different symptoms. Basically, trembling and shaking, sweating, taking deep breaths, laughing, crying, feeling your stomach rumbling and experiencing goosebumps or warmth all over the body, all are ways of releasing traumatic feelings and memories physically. However, you need therapy in order to rise above the trauma and bring your nervous system back into balance.

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