Therapy for Trauma
in Troy and Across Michigan

Find healing, understanding, and empowerment.

What is trauma, anyway?

Put simply, trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that overwhelms our ability to cope. It can result from various events, such as accidents, abuse, neglect, rejection, or violence, and often leaves a lasting impact on our mental and emotional well-being. Trauma can affect how we see the world, relate to others, and manage stress.

Complex trauma refers to prolonged or multiple exposures to critically stressful, harmful events. Unlike a single traumatic incident, this type of trauma involves repeated and cumulative stressors. These experiences often begin in childhood and can impact our physical and emotional development and our ability to form healthy connections with others.

Each of us responds differently to trauma.

Not all people who experience a traumatic event will become “traumatized” and find themselves struggling with related difficulties and unmanageable symptoms. Our ability to cope with terrible things that happen to us depends on multiple factors, including our upbringing, what else is going on in our lives at the time of the event, and our own unique biology. Many of these factors are things we cannot control.

Trauma impacts us on multiple levels. It leaves its imprint on our bodies and brains as much as our minds.

So how do you know if it’s time to get help?

When you feel constantly on edge and easily startled, like danger is always around. Nightmares and intrusive memories of what happened make it hard to sleep. You find yourself avoiding reminders of the trauma, and you feel a sense of numbness or detachment from others. Your concentration has taken a hit, and you struggle with persistent feelings of guilt and shame. It's time to get help when the effects of trauma are negatively impacting your daily life and relationships.

But can therapy really help?

Yes! It starts with you and your therapist working together to build a safe, non-judgemental space where you can openly express your feelings and fears. You’ll learn strategies to manage distressing symptoms like anxiety and flashbacks, rebuild a sense of safety in your day-to-day life, and develop healthier ways of relating to yourself and others. As you take real steps towards healing, your calm, creative, connecting self will start to shine through.

Therapy for trauma can help you:

Trauma Treatment FAQ

What if I’m not ready to talk about what happened?

That’s okay, and you’re not alone. It’s often hard for people to talk about the terrible things that have happened to them. Trauma is, by definition, overwhelming. It triggers intensely painful emotions, and can make it hard to trust other people. Your therapist wants to build a space with you where you can feel safe, respected, and understood. You will never be pressured to talk about things you aren’t ready to. And ultimately, it’s not necessary to talk through the details of what happened in order to heal.

What types of therapy do you use to treat trauma?

There are many different treatments that have been researched, tested, and proven helpful for treating trauma. Each therapist will have their own unique background and training. They will likely pull from a variety of treatment methods to find what works best for you. Your own intuition, wisdom, and experiences will also inform your treatment. If there is a modality that you are particularly interested in exploring, or one that you know is not a good fit for you, let your therapist know and they can talk through your options with you.

Here are a few of the common modalities our therapists use to treat trauma:

Can medication help me?

Some medications can be used to help manage distressing trauma symptoms like anxiety, depression, and sleep problems. At Affirming Pathways our therapists do not prescribe medicine. However, if you are interested in exploring medication options in addition to talk therapy, let your therapist know. We can provide referrals if needed, and we can coordinate with your doctor or psychiatrist to ensure you are receiving the best care possible.