If you have experienced a traumatic event, the prospect of talking about this experience—even with a therapist—can be daunting You may be experiencing feelings of fear, stress, shame, anger, confusion, or guilt, among a host of other complex emotions. The journey of recovery after trauma is not an easy process; it takes work, and an immense amount of courage but it can be extremely effective. If you or someone you love is embarking upon this journey, here are a few helpful reminders:
- Go slowly. The therapeutic process takes time, and this is especially true in the case of trauma. It is important to remember that whatever timeline you are on is the correct timeline. If you find yourself feeling triggered and overwhelmed, listen to your body and pump the breaks.
- Be kind to yourself. Processing traumatic experiences can be uncomfortable, which is why having self-compassion is especially important during this time period. Treat yourself with gentleness and kindness and practice self-care; go for a walk, take a hot bath, or cook yourself a nice meal.
- Resist the urge to isolate. It is a common tendency to isolate during times of distress. However, these are the times when we need our support system the most. Reach out to family and friends, and let them know how they can support you; whether it is lending an ear, distracting you with a silly story, or providing you with a hug- taking the guesswork out ensures that you receive the support you need.
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Written by Joanna Aslanian, LPC, ATR-P