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What is Trauma Counseling? Trauma counseling is a type of talking therapy which can help you manage the emotional responses you experience as a result of a traumatic event. There are several different types of trauma counseling, each of which is best suited to a specific class of trauma. These include: Prolonged exposure (PE): Being exposed to the root of your fear, until you’re no longer scared of it. Cognitive processing therapy (CPT): Challenging your ideas of why the traumatic event happened and your thoughts and beliefs which surround it. CPT can be done in a group or individually. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR): Using rhythmic bilateral (left to right) stimulation to release emotions that have been blocked by the traumatic event. Trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT): A form of trauma therapy usually used for children and adolescents which addresses inaccurate beliefs and improves negative behavior patterns. Prolonged exposure and cognitive processing therapy are the most common types of trauma counseling, as there’s a high volume of studies that prove their effectiveness.




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