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Trauma and abuse therapy can be a difficult but necessary step for many individuals who are dealing with the after-effects of trauma or abuse. It is important for individuals to understand the various types of trauma and abuse therapies available at Symmetry Counseling in Texas, as well as the potential benefits that come from seeking out this type of help. Learn more today.

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What is Trauma | Abuse Therapy?

Our Texas counseling services include trauma/abuse therapy, a form of therapy that assists clients in dealing with the emotional response generated by a traumatic event. This type of therapy is utilized when clients are having a hard time coping with a traumatic or abusive experience. Trauma and abuse can range from serious injury tolife-threatening events, sexual violence, and chronic abuse and neglect. There are many forms of trauma and abuse therapy that Symmetry Counseling in Texas specializes in. Some of these therapies include:

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy 
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Our online counselors utilize Cognitive Processing Therapy, or CPT, to challenge clients' perspectives about why a traumatic or abusive event occurred. It allows clients and the counselor to understand the thoughts and beliefs that were developed through this event. Preferably in an individual setting, CPT can also be used during group therapy sessions.

Typically, CPT will be performed over 12 sessions with the end goal of reducing ongoing negative effects on a current life. Online counselors will work with clients to identify the instinctive thoughts that may be maintaining the PTSD symptoms of the traumatic or abusive event. Breakthroughs can be made at any point in therapy, but the out-of-session practice assignments will assist clients in a new understanding of the event.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Symmetry Counseling in Texas uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, or DBT because this form of therapy helps individuals learn how to regulate their emotions, as well as how to better manage their responses to stressful or difficult situations. It also helps individuals create a set of skills that can be used to reduce the intensity of emotions and improve their overall quality of life.

The therapy was designed to have a strong educational component with options for group or individual sessions that can be conducted weekly for six months to a year. The end goal of DBT is to recognize the constant emotions a client is having without getting caught up in them.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR has been most commonly used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, by using rhythmic bilateral stimulation that releases emotions that have been suppressed from the traumatic or abusive event. It can help clients identify and process traumatic memories, as well as reduce the intensity of the emotions associated with them. 

The end goal for online counselors using EMDR is to reduce or eliminate the negative response associated with the traumatic or abusive event. Through sessions held twice a week, our EMDR counseling service will be delivered by trained professionals focusing on the past, present, and future. Counselors will be able to walk clients through techniques to cope with current and future stress with every new session, beginning with reevaluation.

The road to healing begins today.

Symmetry Counseling in Texas understands that trauma and abuse can have a lasting and profound effect on a person’s mental health and well-being. We provide many counseling services to any client needing help after traumatic or abusive events. Our online counselors want to help start the healing process with the therapy techniques discussed above or simply listen. The road to healing begins today. Contact us for more information.