Constantly under pressure to appear strong and competent, you probably feel exhausted and alone in your struggles. However, therapy is an opportunity to remove that superhuman cape you’ve been forced to wear and feel genuinely supported by someone who understands—and can identify with—your trauma.
To get started, we invite you to contact us to learn more about the benefits of therapy and what to look for when seeking a trauma specialist. To learn more about the qualified therapists of color with whom we partner, you can visit our clinician database.
Trauma treatment is intended to be a gentle, vulnerable, and healing experience. Throughout early counseling sessions, you are likely to learn about what trauma is and how it affects the mind and body. With this insight, you will have a better understanding of your threshold and symptoms.
From there, your therapist will likely work with you to trace trauma back to its source. You may have unaddressed wounds from your childhood, where the trauma originated, or perhaps you experience symptoms of anxiety and depression that have unprocessed trauma at the core. As you peel back the layers of your experience, you are likely to become aware of how your pain has translated to feelings of insecurity, conflictual relationship patterns, people-pleasing behaviors, substance abuse, and other trauma-related challenges.
Each therapist takes their own unique approach to treatment for trauma and PTSD, but some form of strength-based counseling will likely be used to empower your innate strengths and skills so that you can transform your self-perception from one of “victim” to “survivor.” Other modalities used in trauma treatment may include behavioral approaches like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help you adjust your thinking process. In addition, body-based approaches like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) heal trauma at the neurobiological level, especially when used in conjunction with self-soothing techniques.
Therapy encourages you to explore being rather than doing so that you can be more attuned to your emotional reality on a daily basis. In asking yourself, “How do I want to feel at the end of the day?”, you can develop the necessary strategies that will allow you to feel that way. Instead of being motivated by action, you’ll learn to be motivated by feeling.
Life has pushed you into survival mode, but you don’t have to remain there any longer. By meaningfully addressing your trauma with the counselor you find through Therapy For Black Men, you can restore a sense of peace, joy, and self-care in your life.
It takes great strength and emotional maturity to recognize that symptoms of trauma and PTSD are unbearable and warrant therapy. By asking for the support you need, you are signaling to yourself—and others in your life—that you take your mental health seriously and are invested in making positive changes. Vulnerability demonstrates courage, and the therapeutic process will help you realize how strong you really are.
Therapy is an investment in yourself, and you deserve to feel better if you are struggling with the after-effects of trauma. Fortunately, Therapy For Black Men offers sponsorship for free counseling for Black men nationwide. If financial obstacles are getting in the way of receiving effective trauma treatment, contact us to find out more about how we can help.
Trauma lives in the body, which is why you continue to feel dysregulated and uncomfortable even if your traumatic experience occurred in childhood. You may have become so accustomed to feeling anxious and depressed that you don’t believe there is another way to exist. But a therapist can help you trace trauma back to its roots so that you can heal the pain you experienced earlier in life. The deeper you go in the work of trauma treatment, the better you will feel in the long run.