Traumatic incidents can leave you scarred for life. Painful memories can haunt you even in your sleep. During your waking hours, you don’t seem to have the appetite to eat or even to live. Without proper intervention, you may be driven further into seclusion. Psychotherapy has been effective in helping trauma patients enjoy life again.
Emotionally, the person who lived a trauma may develop panic attacks, depression, lack of or excessive appetite, and trouble sleeping. It is quite possible to develop attention problems, memory and concentration, also affecting their ability to study and/or work, and quality of life. — Ana Nogales, Ph.D.
There are several types of therapy available to help you overcome trauma. Notably, focus therapy is considered one of the more effective treatments for trauma.
If you are currently suffering from trauma and would like to go for psychological treatment, focus therapy is one of your best bets. Get to know more about focus therapy and its benefits in this article.
Focus therapy was discovered by Dr. Eugene Gendlin three decades ago. The critical feature of focus therapy from other kinds of treatment is how the therapist relates to the patient. In other forms of therapy, the therapist is seen as the expert.
Therefore, the therapist tries to pry into the life experiences of the patient to get to the root of the problem. The therapist also dictates what should the patient do to address their condition. As a result, some patients go on defensive mode. Soon enough, the patient will not heed the advice of the therapist.
The saying “what doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger” is an oversimplified and glorified belief. What doesn’t kill us can sometimes eat away at us for years and decades of our lives, ultimately affecting us on a deep psychological level. — Susanne Babbel MFT, PhD
Conversely, this kind of top-down relationship does not exist in focus therapy. In focus therapy, the therapist respects the ability of the patient to decide what he or she needs. They are regarded
Specifically, focus therapy’s benefits for trauma patients are discussed more in detail here:
Work At Your Own Pace
In focus therapy, you dictate the pace of your treatment. Your therapist is not in any position to say what you will discuss during that specific session.
When you’re suffering from a traumatic experience, there are many times when you don’t understand your own feelings. Worse, you might be disconnected from your feelings. You might even be living like a zombie for years now.
If you feel that you are unable to see the big picture or plan for the future because you’re just keeping your head above water, it may be time to slow down and reprioritize. — Samantha Rodman Ph.D.
In focus therapy, the role of your therapist is to accompany you on your journey to understand yourself. You will not feel pressured to relieve painful memories if you’re not yet prepared.
Get To Understand How Your Body Feels
Have you heard about having a “felt sense?” If this is your first time hearing about focus therapy, the term “felt sense” may also be an alien term to you.
Essentially, “felt sense” helps you get in touch with how your body feels. After freeing up your mind, your body will give you words or pictures how you are feeling.
You Will Feel Relieved
Living with trauma can be a heavy burden to carry. You may feel that there is no hope for tomorrow. You don’t have any drive to work or even go out of your room.
Going through focus therapy will help you feel relieved of these burdens. As a result, you will see life in a positive light, and your mood will lighten up again.
Given these points, enjoying life after a traumatic experience is not the end of the road! There is still hope if you have experienced a traumatic incident. Focus therapy can help you understand yourself better and give you the relief that you need. You will get to sleep more soundly. You will have fewer nightmares and fewer worries to think about. Ultimately, you can regain your life and live peacefully.