Survivors of trauma may not immediately identify themselves as such for many reasons. In some cases, the traumatic incidents may be too painful to discuss. In other instances, they may not recognize the events as traumatic, or they may unconsciously suppress these memories to protect themselves. It is the deep-seated nature of trauma that makes a trauma therapy program such a valuable part of the recovery process.
Since traumatic incidents often occur in childhood, not only have their effects been very long-lived but also the likelihood of these memories being repressed is extremely high. A trauma therapy program can help individuals piece together the events from their past and confront their true feelings about these circumstances. While this process can be intense and painful for most people, the rewards of finally achieving resolution can be immense.
Recognizing that trauma stemming from issues of violence or sexual assault are not normal aspects of everyone’s experience can also help enable and empower individuals to respond differently to similar incidents in the future. This may include avoiding or reporting future situations which can significantly safeguard the individuals emotional and physical wellbeing as well as their recovery.
Also, since the subject of trauma can be extremely difficult to talk about, and many individuals may have never voiced their stories or feelings before, trauma therapy gives them a safe environment to finally verbalize their experiences. These experiences may have many origins but frequently include: