Trauma and grief can come out of left field, and leave you reeling. So often, it’s completely under-appreciated how impactful trauma and grief can be, along with how many different areas of your life they can impact. The mental, social, physical, and biological impact of trauma and grief can completely shift the ways we view ourselves, other people, and the world around us.
It’s incredibly common for responses to trauma and grief to be very delayed - sometimes for months or even years - but it can also be extremely confusing as to why it took so long for things to ‘sink in.’ It also can take longer than we think it should, to heal and put the pieces back together again.
For each of us experiencing trauma and grief, regardless of the context or capacity it’s happening in, there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers for how to move through it. Different people benefit from different approaches in order to process and heal. I believe in exploring options in order to find what works for each individual. Because of that, I use three different therapeutic approaches in my practice. They are CBT, DBT, and EMDR. For more information about each approach, please continue reading below.
CBT is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment with a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to improve the way you feel by adjusting the patterns of thinking or behaviors that create barriers.
CBT is an evidence-based intervention, meaning it’s a proven and effective treatment of symptoms associated with depression and anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, and communication challenges. It also improves coping with transitional challenges and behavior patterns.
EMDR is a heavily researched, evidence-based psychotherapy that is a proven and effective treatment for trauma and/or distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. The goal of EMDR is to reduce the uncomfortable effects of traumatic occurrences.
EMDR is endorsed as an effective treatment by The American Psychiatric Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs/Dept. of Defense, and the World Health Organization, among many other national and international entities.
As an evidence-based intervention, DBT is a proven and effective treatment for mood dysregulation and maladaptive behavior patterns. DBT is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. Since its development, DBT has helped treat a range of issues, including symptoms associated with depression and anxiety disorders.