what is trauma therapy?
In the most basic terms, trauma is anything that may have happened to you that causes you to live your life differently from that point forward. Based on this definition, trauma can range from social rejection, witnessing traumatic events, the death of a loved one, or exposure to violence.
Because of this spectrum of trauma, you may find yourself able to heal and cope with things on your own at one point in your life, and then considering a counselors’ help later–that’s normal and we’re here to help no matter where you are in the range of trauma intensity! Here at Cornerstone, we know that trauma therapy is an important process to healing for many Christians. We want to offer you the help you deserve so you can fully live out God’s calling for you life.
Trauma is a “distressing event in which a person feels severely threatened emotionally, psychologically, or physically. Most people will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives, such as a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, or a natural disaster.”¹ Many people recover from trauma with time and support from loved ones. But others experience lasting effects from the trauma, and they may continue to live with deep emotional pain, confusion, fear, or post-traumatic stress far after the event has passed. “Often, trauma therapy is fundamental to healing from trauma.”¹
What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress is “the psychological reaction to a severely stressful and physically threatening event that often results in anxiety, flashbacks, hypervigilance, depression, suicidal ideation, and other mental health concerns for an extended period of time. People who experience PTSD may continue to feel afraid or anxious even when no danger is present.”¹
Here at Cornerstone, we offer two specific forms of treatment for trauma: EMDR and Brainspotting.