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Successful Treatment Begins with Emotional Safety in Trauma Therapy

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Before We Start

The Importance of Emotional Safety in Trauma Therapy

Emotional Safety is the cornerstone of any effective therapy, but, in particular, emotional safety in trauma therapy has a major impact on the therapeutic outcome.  It is important to remember that, before the brain can process emotions or traumatic memories, it needs to know it’s safe.

Active Steps That Foster emotional safety in trauma therapy

Creating an emotional safety in trauma therapy involves both the therapist and the client. Some ways emotional safety develops is through things such as active listening, non-judgmental responses, and the validation of client experiences.

Rapport Building

Building a strong rapport between the therapist and the client is the first step in any therapeutic relationship but is especially crucial in trauma therapy. This rapport becomes the foundation upon which all other therapeutic activities are built.

Confidentiality & Boundaries

Maintaining confidentiality is not just a legal requirement but also essential for building trust. Setting clear boundaries ensures that the therapeutic space is respected and secure.  Visit here for more information about how we approach trauma-informed online therapy.

Psychoeducation, Knowledge, Creates Emotional Safety

Understanding the what, why, and how of trauma therapy can be empowering for the client. Psychoeducation demystifies the process and can reduce anxiety about the therapeutic journey.

‘Team Approach’ towards Emotional safety in trauma therapy

therapist talking to her client during an online therapy session in New JerseyTherapy is not something that is done to the client but something that the client and therapist do together. The team approach prioritizes transparency and togetherness in the Treatment Planning Process, ensuring that the client has a say in their treatment plan, which can be particularly empowering for trauma survivors. Before diving into trauma work, a safety plan is reviewed and put in place. This plan can include emergency contacts, coping strategies, and other supports like grounding techniques[1].

Applicable Skills for Emotional Safety in trauma therapy

Grounding Techniques

Grounding techniques help to anchor the client in the present moment and are essential tools for managing flashbacks or disassociation.

Emotional Regulation Strategies

Learning to manage intense emotions is crucial in trauma therapy. Emotional regulation strategies can include everything from deep breathing exercises to cognitive reframing.

Therapy Hangovers’ with Post-Therapy Self-Care

Therapy can be emotionally draining. Having a post-therapy decompression plan can help manage what some call a ‘therapy hangover.’

Real-World Applications of Therapy Experiences

Therapist saying hello during an online therapy session in New JerseyThe therapeutic relationship can serve as a model for other relationships. The trust and mutual respect cultivated in therapy can be applied to relationships outside the therapeutic setting[2].

Creating a safe and comfortable environment for trauma therapy online is not just possible; it’s a priority. With the right approaches and techniques, online therapy can be a powerful tool for healing from PTSD.

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