PTSD: Seeking out a Trauma Therapist? 4 Important Things to look for

To heal from trauma means finally dealing with the source of the trauma, whether it’s childhood abuse or neglect, combat experiences, or a natural disaster or a violent assault. How can this be done, however, when trauma provokes such negative and overwhelming feelings – feelings that most try hard to keep safely buried?

Therapy can be a vital step, helping the person feel safe enough to revisit their trauma without being retraumatized in the process. Getting the right support is key, however. Not only is it important to connect with a therapist well-versed in effective therapeutic approaches, it’s also vital to seek out a person with whom you feel a personal connection.

Multiple studies confirm that a person who feels good about their relationship with their therapist is more likely to have a positive outcome. A recent study from Bowling Green State University researchers takes the concept a step further, noting that a deep connection between a therapist and patient can lead to “sacred moments” that increase well-being on both sides.

With that in mind, here are four things to look for to make your therapeutic experience most effective:

    1. Knowledge. Your therapist should, of course, be up to date on treatment options – techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, which teaches new ways of thinking of old experiences; neurofeedback, which can help rewire the brain to overcome trauma-induced changes; equine therapy, which can be a helpful supplement for those who find it hard to trust human connections; and EMDR, which can help with the process of moving beyond the past.

Ask your therapist to explain which treatments they consider most effective and the training they’ve had in each. Some therapists have come by some of their knowledge through personal experience with trauma. While it’s not appropriate to delve into the personal background, you can ask if they’ve gone through the treatments (most do, as part of their training), what they gained from the experience, and why they think it may be right for you.

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*Due to my own life dealing with both sexual and emotional abuse, it’s detrimental to seek out an Experienced Trauma Therapist for all PTSD issues.  When I first sought therapy and was new to all of this, choosing the wrong therapist was a disaster. 

6 thoughts on “PTSD: Seeking out a Trauma Therapist? 4 Important Things to look for

  1. Great topic and post 🙂 When I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, my first experience with a therapist was in fact a psychiatrist…at the time I didn’t truly understand the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist and so that first experience was not pleasant at all because I felt my psychiatrist was not truly interested in how I felt and I left her office feeling less than good about myself which made me hesitant to seek out more therapy…ultimately I did find the right fit and you are so right! When you feel comfortable with your therapist you can get a lot of good work done together 🙂

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    1. Yes, very important to find the right one. My first therapist was a social worker and it seemed that she didn’t have much experience dealing with childhood sexual abuse. I had a lot of baggage that I was carrying from the past aside from the sexual abuse also and think she became overwhelmed with my needs. Instead, stopping and perhaps sending me to a more experienced therapist, I wouldn’t have gone through the hell I did afterward (depression, hospitalizations etc). Sexual abuse is difficult to deal with for both the client and the therapist. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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