Tips on How to Recover From Trauma

Emotional trauma can be debilitating as physical trauma. Emotional trauma is an automatic side effect of physical trauma. Even though someone can have emotional trauma without physical trauma, emotional trauma affects us physically. The debilitating effects of trauma are well known. Therefore recovery from any kind of trauma is vital if an individual wishes to live as healthy a life as possible.

The most important ingredient in the recovery of all types of trauma is safety. Safe people in safe places are a must. The safest people are those who have been trained to listen, to be nonjudgmental, and to be empathic. My experience is that most of them are mental/emotional therapists and counselors. Ongoing research supports talking to other people about trauma experience as the most effective way to recover from trauma. People seeking help to overcome trauma can consult the best DBT therapists via

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Finding a therapist/counselor one feels safe with is challenging. There are many articles written about how to find a good therapist and what good therapy is. A good therapist will not pathologize the client but will perceive a client to be greater than his /her problems. Therefore a good therapist recognizes that when an individual expresses anger, the person needs to process her/his issues and learn how to cope with and express that anger safely.

A good therapist will not label a person as being an "angry person". Good therapists also know how to empower their clients and have experienced many people changing and growing as they become healthier. A good therapist is self-aware, sensitive, empathic, creative, and confident in her client's abilities. In good therapy, there is a spirit of collaboration, and the relationship between therapist and client is vital.

Good therapy is both expressive and cognitive, using emotional and cognitive techniques that allow an individual to heal holistically and deeply. A good therapist will also be able to refer a client to another therapist if they believe that is best for the client.