Defining Trauma

It was one time or many. You were scared and felt helpless and out of control. Still today, you struggle with pain, anxiety, insomnia, and distress. You wonder if you can ever recover.

Trauma impacts us but doesn't have to haunt us forever.

Traumatic experiences can take various forms - physical, sexual, or emotional abuse; assault; neglect; torture; terrorism or political violence; combat; bullying; racism; weight stigma; natural disaster; traumatic grief (i.e., losing a loved one unexpectedly); experiencing physical harm (e.g., a car accident); receiving a serious medical diagnosis, etc. - and can impact your emotions, relationships, sense of self, and your behavior, as well as your appetite, sleep, and life as a whole. You struggle with anxiety, depression, mistrust, or feelings of guilt. Perhaps you meet full criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Complex PTSD. Sometimes, you turn to substances, eating disorder symptoms, or other self-destructive behaviors to cope. The feelings and sensations are often unbearable.

Trauma Therapy in Miami:

Healing from trauma doesn't happen overnight yet doesn't have to involve years and years of therapy. Evidence-based, "top down" therapies, such as Prolonged Exposure (PE), Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) are shorter-term, solution-oriented approaches that work.

In addition to these modalities, Gatewell therapists have training and experience using "bottom up"modalities, including Brainspotting and the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), particularly useful in healing developmental, relational, and attachment trauma.

Our trauma therapists are trained in these approaches. Initial goals for trauma therapy are to help you stabilize and contain your symptoms. Once you are stabilized and safe, deeper trauma work can begin. Our counselors help you process traumatic experiences while providing you skills and tools for safety and coping outside of session. While processing traumatic experiences in therapy, you will also learn how to regulate emotions, cope with distress, and engage in self-care outside of therapy. You are encouraged to be an active participant in the treatment process, providing feedback to your therapists about the pace and depth of the work you are doing together. With trauma therapy at Gatewell, we help you stop avoiding and get back to living.