If you have been the victim of childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, physical abuse, or have experienced trauma associated with military combat, you are not alone. Many individuals carry with them a painful personal history of abuse or trauma. Such atrocities are often considered unspeakable by society, and a common response is to banish them from conscious thought. Victims may keep secret, deny, repress, or dissociate from traumatic events, but these mechanisms neither erase the event nor provide lasting relief.
When individuals who have suffered abuse or trauma do not address their painful pasts, which include telling their stories, their traumatic experiences manifest in the form of psychological and/or physical symptoms. Such symptoms may include (but are not limited to) depression, anxiety, overwhelming anger, suicidal thoughts, emotional numbness, self-injurious behavior, social isolation, low self-esteem, a personal sense of powerlessness, and intrusive flashbacks of reliving the event. If you have a history of abuse or some other form of trauma and are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, take heart in knowing that there is hope for healing and recovery.
Healing and Recovery
When you come to Southlake Center, the first thing we will do is applaud your courage. We understand that seeking professional support to deal with issues of trauma and abuse can be a frightening and difficult decision. Southlake’s expertly trained therapists are ready to guide you on your personal journey towards healing. After an initial assessment, a therapist will work collaboratively with you to customize a treatment plan that will best facilitate your goals and recovery.
In a safe, trusting, and confidential environment, your therapist will carefully help you reconstruct and accept past traumatic events in order to integrate and work through those terrifying realities. Healing and recovery can only take place with acknowledging the truth about the past, and ultimately you must understand the past in order to reclaim the present and future. Your therapist will also incorporate clinically-supported methods to treat such trauma related symptoms as uncontrollable anger, flashbacks, feelings of worthlessness, and social disconnectedness. As your journey towards healing and recovery progresses, you will feel more and more empowered to reclaim your life, take pleasure in the strong and valuable person you are, and engage fully in healthy and meaningful relationships with others.
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