There are many sources of trauma. Certain experiences in life can be immensely difficult, terrifying, or violent. Some people have been subjected to emotional or physical abuse. Others have experienced sudden, extreme changes in life. Occurrences such as financial loss, the end of a relationship, and the loss of a loved can also place a great deal of stress on a person.
These experiences can be so intense that a response pathway is created in a person’s nervous system deep within the brain. This response pathway, called a trauma loop, can control your reaction to stress and your daily behavior in a never-ending cycle. Trauma loops are unique to each person, but some Nashville therapists are using innovative psychotherapy techniques to identify and break the stress cycle.
Establishing a Real Connection
The first step to treating trauma loops is to establish communication. A real connection with a therapist is essential to identifying the problems caused by your existing trauma loop and its root cause. With open communication lines, you can talk to your therapist about your entire personal experience in a setting of complete trust. This way, your therapist can bring to light the circumstances which created your trauma loop.
Identifying Behaviors Controlled by a Trauma Loop
Do you ever feel as if you’re not in total control of your reactions? Have you ever felt uncontrollable fear or intense anger over something without knowing why? This is most likely your trauma loop at work. The more you are exposed to the root of the trauma or to memories of it, the stronger the unwanted behavior becomes. By identifying the behavior, you and your therapist can set the goals and the elements of a treatment plan.
Breaking the Cycle of Trauma and Unwanted Response
Different therapists have varying approaches to treating people suffering from a trauma loop and the resulting stress responses. Some mental health counselors offer integrative therapy, which brings together different treatment disciplines to address the unique needs of their clients better. Integrative therapists have used Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), trauma sensitive yoga, canine-assisted therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) successfully in the treatment of trauma.
Offering Stronger Support with Collaborative Therapy
Breaking the trauma loop cycle is no easy task and may require professional collaboration. Some therapists offer collaborative therapy for individuals who are already working with other primary care providers. These counselors work together with other mental health therapists, psychiatrists, and nutritionists. With a multidisciplinary team of professionals, you can benefit from stronger and all-encompassing support.
Don’t Allow Trauma Loops to Take Over Your Life
A lot of people aren’t aware that they are being controlled by past trauma deeply ingrained in their mind. They fall victim to behavior seemingly beyond their control and are helplessly pulled into an unrelenting pattern of stress and anxiety. With the help of Nashville therapists, you can have freedom from trauma and its debilitating effects. Work with a therapist who can combine and coordinate diverse elements of therapy so that you’ll receive all the support needed in your healing journey.
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