Arlington Behavior Therapy


Trauma Therapy:

Reclaiming Peace

By Dr. Cari Oliver, PsyD

The paradox of trauma is that it has both the power to destroy and the power to transform and resurrect.

– Peter A. Levine


Trauma is an emotional response to intense events that threaten or cause harm, either physically or emotionally. Its effects can linger long after the initial event, leading to a host of psychological challenges. Understanding and addressing trauma is essential for healing and recovery. This is where trauma therapy plays a crucial role, offering a beacon of hope for those struggling in its aftermath.

Recognizing Trauma: Symptoms and Long-Term Effects

Trauma manifests in various forms and its impact is as unique as the individual experiencing it. Common symptoms include flashbacks, severe anxiety, uncontrolled thoughts about the traumatic event, and emotional numbness. In the long term, untreated trauma can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, substance abuse, and relationship problems. Recognizing these symptoms is the first step toward seeking help.

Trauma Therapy Techniques: Pathways to Healing

Effective trauma therapy involves a range of techniques, each tailored to address the specific needs of the individual. The ultimate goal of these techniques is to help the individual process and integrate traumatic memories. Narrative therapy allows individuals to reframe their traumatic experience through storytelling, aiding in gaining a sense of control and perspective. Other methods, such as group therapy, offer a supportive community where individuals can share experiences and healing strategies.

Personalized Treatment Plans

At Elysian Psychological Services, we believe in the power of personalized treatment plans. Each individual’s journey is unique, and so should be their treatment. Our therapists work closely with clients to develop strategies that address specific challenges, fostering a path to recovery that is as unique as the individual themselves.

Success Stories: Triumphs of Recovery and Healing

The power of trauma therapy is best illustrated through success stories. These stories, while unique, share a common theme – the journey from despair to hope and healing. Individuals who once felt overwhelmed by their traumatic experiences learn to process their emotions, gain strength, and reclaim their lives. These stories serve as powerful testaments to the effectiveness of trauma therapy, and specific methods such as the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) offered by Elysian’s expert licensed clinical psychologists.


Trauma may cast a long shadow, but it doesn’t have to define one’s life. At Elysian Psychological Services, we provide expert trauma therapy, offering a compassionate and skilled approach to those seeking to overcome their traumatic experiences. If you or someone you know is struggling with the effects of trauma, we are here to help guide you through your journey to recovery and peace. Reach out to us, and take that brave first step towards reclaiming your life from trauma.

Disclaimer: the information contained in this blog is for informational purposes only and does constitute or replace personalized medical advice given by a trained mental health professional. Mental health conditions are specific to the individual and therapeutic approaches will vary based on the provider and patient. For more information and to receive a professionally customized treatment plan specific to your needs, please contact us at (571) 620-6181 or fill out an inquiry here.

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