At our center for trauma therapy in Sherman Oaks we do more than treat the symptoms of trauma, we deal with the trauma itself. The dysregulation and distress caused by trauma manifests in a variety of negative ways or symptoms. The only way to truly treat them is to treat the trauma itself. That’s why so many people who go to rehab and the like come out only to find that their problems are still with them. Other centers treat only the symptoms, which leaves the inner traumas to plague the patient. We make sure to treat our clients’ trauma, so as to alleviate their symptoms. In this blog, we’ll go over what we treat and how, so as to help our clients live their best life.
Trauma Therapy in Sherman Oaks Treatment
Many of our clients come to us because they’re suffering from addiction. Of course, there are so many different kinds of addictions. Alcohol, gambling, social media, sex, binging – if it’s an addiction that exists, we’ve probably treated someone with it. For so many, these addictions are the only way that a person knows how to get through the day. Maybe it’s the only way that a person knows how to feel calm. Perhaps it’s the only way that someone can feel happy. Possibly, addiction could be a way to hide a feeling of isolation. Regardless, addiction is almost invariably a way to deal with an underlying trauma.
The addiction is the way that the underlying trauma manifests itself. Many people who suffer through addictions don’t realize that their addiction (or other method of coping) is a pattern. An unhealthy, unhelpful, and ultimately destructive pattern, but a pattern nonetheless. The goal of our treatment is to help you to experience the world differently. Instead of having to use your coping mechanisms, we want you to be fully and completely present. Not just present for yourself, but we want you to be able to be present for others, as well. When we say “present,” we mean that you can live without the coping mechanisms that you may have used for so long.
Old Patterns and New
One of the ultimate goals of our treatment is to help our clients to develop further agency. When you have agency in your own life, you’re empowered. You aren’t held back by the negative patterns you may have felt you had to use in the past. Instead, you can see clearly the world in front of you. You can take steps to live the life you want to live without having to hide. You can be fully empowered. We’ve found that a major part of that is helping our clients to understand the patterns that have held them back. When you can see the patterns and see them for what they are, it can help you to decrease the symptoms of stress that have bothered you for so long.
Once you know what the negative patterns are that have held you back, then we can help you to replace them with new patterns. These new patterns won’t be similar to the ones you’ve held in the past. These won’t be the remnants of survival strategies you may have developed to keep yourself safe when you were very young. Instead, these new patterns will be healthier. They will be empowering. In fact, they will help you to move forward. These patterns will help to facilitate your growth in multiple ways. One of those multiple ways will be through the growth of new, neuronal pathways. All in all, this will lead to a new way of being in your world.
So many of our clients, when they arrive here, suffer from depression. Depression isn’t exactly like the cartoonish “dark cloud” over a person that it’s presented as in popular culture; rather depression is a cycle. It can be thought of as a sense of hopelessness about the present, the past as well as the future. Depression can work hand in hand with addiction or it can be a symptom all by itself. However, we’ve often found that depression, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness and more come from those inner, underlying traumas. That’s why when we treat them; we can help you to overcome your depression on your own.
There are many different methods of treatment available at our trauma center. Here, our experienced professionals can find the exact right combination to help empower you in your own life. Our individualized treatment puts you in control, so that you can develop those healthier patterns which will serve you so well as you step forward into your life. Indeed, step forward into your best life. To learn more, give us a call at (818) 651-0725 or send us a message through our website.