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Research-Supported Trauma Healing Methods to Explore for Trauma and Loss

April 29, 2024

Research-Supported Trauma Healing Methods to Explore for Trauma and Loss

Trauma and loss can put you in a dark place where you don't feel like the person you are or used to be. It's not uncommon for people who have experienced traumatic events to isolate themselves from their loved ones. They can even stop participating in the activities they used to enjoy. While trauma and loss can be life-changing, those experiencing it can find the light at the end of the tunnel. You may like to explore some of these research-supported trauma healing methods:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of intensive therapy. It's designed to help people resolve memories relating to loss and trauma. In EMDR therapy, clients focus on their worst memories and follow their therapist's fingers. These sessions take place in safe, supportive environments with trusted therapists. The process is repeated until the distress associated with the loss or trauma memory is gone. 
EMDR is straightforward and simple in how it's conducted. Despite its simplicity, it's believed to be effective. Studies support it as a positive treatment option for emotional trauma and adverse life experiences. In fact, at least seven studies have found that it’s faster and more effective than cognitive behavioral therapy. Both children and adults dealing with anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, and chronic illnesses may see the value in EMDR. 
Progressive Counting (PC)
Progressive counting (PC) is a reasonably new trauma treatment. It involves visualizing a series of ‘movies’ of your trauma memory. These memories get progressively longer while a trusted therapist counts aloud. Counting starts at 10 seconds before those memories work up to 20 seconds, 30 seconds, and longer. One study of youth in Scotland uncovered positive results. The study authors stated that progressive counting might be helpful for people with trauma and PTSD. 
Flash is a therapy procedure involving clients resolving traumatic memories without engaging them. The client concentrates on a positive image while also concentrating on something distracting. That distraction is often a therapist counting aloud or moving their hands. 
When the therapist says ‘Flash, the client must blink and not think about their trauma memory. They must also keep concentrating on their positive image. This process is repeated multiple times in each session. Flash is a reasonably new therapy technique, but it is showing some promise in the therapy world. Preliminary research suggests it's acceptable, safe, and effective. 
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) describes meditation therapy for stress management. However, it is also used for depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and even cancer. In MBSR, clients participate in mindfulness-based practices like yoga, body scanning, and meditation.
Over 18 studies exploring MBSR therapy found that it improves the condition of patients suffering from chronic illnesses. It was also able to help them cope with various clinical problems. 
Healing from trauma and loss is not an overnight process. It can take a great deal of time, patience, and practice. However, exploring some of these therapy types with your chosen therapist may prove more helpful than you think. You may experience the relief you’ve been waiting for. 


April 29, 2024

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  1. Introduction to Trauma and Loss • Trauma and loss can

    deeply affect individuals, often leading to isolation and a disinterest in previously enjoyed activities.
  2. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) • EMDR is an

    intensive therapy aimed at resolving traumatic memories through guided eye movements. Studies suggest it is often faster and more effective than cognitive behavioral therapy.
  3. Progressive Counting (PC) • PC involves visualizing trauma memories in

    increasing durations while a therapist counts aloud. It has shown positive outcomes, particularly in studies involving youth with PTSD.
  4. Flash Therapy • Flash involves resolving traumatic memories by concentrating

    on a positive image and a distraction, such as therapist’s counting or hand movements. It is a new but promising method.
  5. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) • MBSR is used for managing

    stress and treating various conditions including anxiety and chronic pain. It involves practices like yoga, meditation, and body scanning.
  6. Conclusion • Exploring these therapy methods with a therapist can

    help individuals recover and find relief from trauma and loss.
  7. Contact Information • For more information or to seek professional

    help, please contact a licensed therapist or a mental health organization.