Frequently Asked Questions


What Is Trauma and Trauma Therapy?

Trauma is one’s response to an event that presents an inability to cope. Trauma can infringe upon your sense of control, safety, trust, relationships, and self-image.

“Experienced or witnessed an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others, and which involved fear, helplessness, or horror” (American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.).

Trauma can be broken down into three types:

  1. Big T Trauma- A single incident such as rape/sexual assault, tornado (natural disasters), and car accident.

  2. Little t Trauma- Accumulation of events with a beginning and foreseeable end such as bullying, neglect, and repeated interpersonal conflicts. Some often refer to this as “Complex Trauma”.

  3. Cumulative Trauma- Trauma that occurs over a lifespan due to identity, socio-economic status, affiliation, race/ethnicity, etc… Examples include racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism and poverty.

Trauma Therapy is the approach of the therapist addressing your experience and responses to traumatic events. The therapist will use a trauma informed/aware approach to meet you where you are in your healing journey and help you to understand how trauma has occurred in your life and how trauma may have affected your mind and body. Common therapy modalities used to treat trauma are Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Art Therapy, and Brain Spotting.

Reference “About Your Therapist“ to verify the modalities used at Insightful Minds Counseling.

How Do I Know I Have Experienced Trauma or Need Trauma Therapy?

The way we, humans with human brains, remember trauma can look different for everyone. People who have experienced trauma often do not remember the event(s) chronologically. It is common for survivors of trauma to spend a period of time (months to years) unable to remember or recall traumatic events.

Whether or not you can recall every detail of a traumatic event is not as significant as the trauma responses/ symptoms you may be displaying. Survivors of trauma often experience elevated anxiety and hypervigilence, fear of specific places, people, or situations (sometimes unsure why), distorted/irrational thoughts about the self and the world around them, relationship and intimacy issues, dissociation, poor self/body image, and more.

If you are noticing that you share some of these experiences and possess the desire and motivation to learn more about yourself, your body, and your mind then you may benefit from trauma therapy.

What If I Can’t Afford Therapy?

Please don’t let your financial situation prevent you from seeking support. Explore your options with Insightful Minds Counseling and/or other community mental health agencies.

Reference “Payments/Insurance” to learn more about your options affording therapy with Insightful Minds Counseling.

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Any Other Questions?

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