There is a time for studying, and there is a time for action. This page is meant to introduce you to your next step of healing through PTSD counseling.
Trauma and its processes of dissociation are complex even if it spanned only a single event or incidence; therefore, it is essential that you work with someone who understands you and knows about the intricate mechanism of trauma from the inside out.
To address any trauma, you need a concise, practical and realistic approach that integrates a somatic (body) approach as well as a cognitive understanding.
A cognitive understanding assists in creating a healthy framework and makes you understand what keeps your post-trauma symptoms in place; that your coping reactions (even when apparently destructive) serve a purpose and help to ease blame, shame, guilt, and self-reproach. This framework will give you context and a constructive perspective from which you can start to contain and process the emotional charge related to trauma, be it developmental or incidental.
This is where the somatic part comes in. It is through connecting with the body again that you can process, release, or integrate emotional residue, thereby reversing the dissociative processes. This needs to be done with care.
Effective therapy emphasizes containment so that you won’t feel overwhelmed again, and helps you to create resources and the resilience you need to work through the tough parts.