New Hope Counseling, Therapy for Healing in Louisville, Kentucky

Navigating the Path to Healing: Common Client Fears When Working Through Trauma

Healing from trauma is a courageous journey that can be both empowering and challenging. For many clients, the process of working through trauma can trigger fears and anxieties. It’s important to understand that these fears are natural reactions to the emotions and memories trauma brings to the surface. In this blog post, we’ll explore some common client fears when working through trauma and provide insights on how to address and navigate them.

Fear of Reliving the Trauma
One of the most significant fears clients may face is the fear of reliving the traumatic event. Recalling painful memories and emotions can be overwhelming, and some worry that discussing the trauma will make them feel as though they are back in that moment.

Addressing this fear: Clients will be in a safe and controlled environment. Clients are guided through the process at their own pace, and they have control over what they share. Additionally, therapists can teach grounding techniques to help clients stay in the present moment when discussing traumatic memories. A therapists goal is to titrate the trauma work in manageable pieces.

Fear of Overwhelming Emotions
Clients may fear that they won’t be able to handle the flood of emotions that working through trauma can bring.

Addressing this fear: Therapists can help clients develop emotional regulation skills prior to the trauma work. These skills allow clients to process and cope with their emotions in a healthy way, making the experience more manageable. The trauma work will also happen at a pace that feels safe and manageable to the client

Fear of Being Judged or Misunderstood
Clients may worry that sharing their trauma with a therapist or loved ones will result in judgment or misunderstanding. They may fear that others won’t believe them or that they will be perceived differently.

Addressing this fear: Therapists can create a safe and non-judgmental space where clients feel heard and validated. While we encourage safe and open communication with clients and their support systems, it is also important that the client has a choice in who, when and where they choose any personal information, and if it is safe to do so.

Fear of Losing Control
Trauma can make individuals feel helpless and out of control. Some clients may fear that exploring their trauma will lead to a loss of control over their emotions or their lives.

Addressing this fear: Therapists can emphasize that therapy is a collaborative process, and clients have control over the pace and depth of their healing journey. Teaching clients coping strategies and mindfulness techniques can also help them feel more in control.

Fear of Change
Clients may worry that healing from trauma will require them to make significant life changes or confront uncomfortable truths about themselves or their relationships.

Addressing this fear: Therapists can help clients explore and navigate potential changes, emphasizing that personal growth and healing often lead to positive transformations in one’s life.

Working through trauma is a brave and vital step towards healing and reclaiming one’s life. It’s entirely normal for clients to have fears and anxieties along this journey. Recognizing and addressing these fears in therapy is a crucial part of the healing process. By creating a safe and supportive environment, therapists can help clients navigate their fears and gradually work through trauma, empowering them to reclaim their well-being and resilience.

New Hope Counseling EMDR Therapy in Louisville, KY

Is EMDR Therapy For Me?

You may or may not have heard of EMDR therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. This is a therapy that is fairly new to the counseling field (the last 30 years or so), introduced by Francine Shapiro. It uses bilateral stimulation of your eyes or hand tappers to help stimulate your left and right sides of your brain while you process troubling incidents from your past or a current issue. It also uses dual focus of the issue to process and the moment in the room. With your mind fully stimulated in this way, you will be able to process these troubling incidents in new ways and make new connections that have been previously stuck and difficult to manage. This method of therapy was initially used to treat mostly trauma, but now has been shown to be effective for many more issues such as depression, anxiety, drug abuse, pain management, and more.

EMDR can access emotions and help process difficult material that previously took much more time to navigate in traditional therapy. A foundation of EMDR is to take down the barriers that you have in place to allow your body and mind heal naturally. The length of time will vary from person to person, depending on the extent of trauma and/or emotion they are experiencing.

If you still have questions about how EMDR works, or if this is right for you. Please feel free to contact me. My phone number is 502-712-9604.

New Hope Counseling in Louisville, KY, Trauma Trained Therapists

T is for Trauma, H is for Healing

My therapy practice specializes in seeing clients who have experienced trauma. This could be a one time event, a series of events, or a repeated enduring time that was disturbing, destructive, or threatening. Examples of these types of events may be:

+ Experience of Natural Disaster
+ Sexual Abuse or Rape
+ Domestic Violence
+ Illness or Injury
+ Witnessing the death of a loved one or friend

All people respond to trauma differently. Many people who have suffered trauma may have feelings of sadness, anxiety, guilt, shame, anger, and grief. Sometimes the trauma can lead to long term issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and drug use, depression, or anxiety. An individual might become numb to the trauma, or even deny that it occurred. Conversely, they might become very emotionally reactive to triggers that remind them of it. They might have sleep issues, breathing issues, or even stomach issues. A person who has developed any of these long term symptoms should reach out for help by a counselor or therapist.

Why is trauma related to substance use? It is well established that one in four individuals with trauma will develop a substance use issue. It is suggested that many who use substances do so to escape the pain in thier lives and to numb the pain of trauma. It is often more successful for an individual who has started on thier relapse prevention program and sobriety to begin addressing their trauma, since that is often a trigger for relapse.

I want you to know that you are not alone. I have worked with many people who have learned to cope with these issues. I am a trauma trained professional and use EMDR, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy in my practice.

“EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.”
~ The EMDR Institute

If you or someone you know is coping with trauma, please call 502-712-9604 for help to get back on track.