How Online Trauma Therapy Can Help with Anxiety

October 6, 2022

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that anxiety disorders affect about 40 million US adults. In fact, they’re the most common mental illness. “Anxiety” is more of an umbrella term. There are, in fact, five main types of anxiety disorders. There’s generalized anxiety disorder or GAD, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and panic disorder. In addition,  post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and social anxiety disorder (AKA social phobia). Fortunately, there may be a  solution: trauma therapy. The  cherry on top is that these days, individuals can get the help they need online.

Let’s talk more about trauma therapy for anxiety and how Cerebral can help.

Wait, what does trauma have to do with anxiety?

Great question! A lot of anxiety may stem back to some sort of childhood trauma that the person  previously experienced. Trauma refers to any event that caused the individual severe distress and had a negative psychological impact. This may  include:

  • Emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, including domestic violence
  • Car accidents
  • Extreme bullying
  • Combat experience
  • The death of a close loved one
  • Accidents or illness

The ramifications of trauma may  manifest as anxiety. Individuals might experience:

  • Trouble getting enough sleep
  • Painful memories, flashbacks, and dreams
  • Physiological symptoms like sweating, shaking, and an elevated heart rate
  • Detachment or disinterest in things that used to bring joy
  • Depression
  • Destructive/self-destructive behavior

The symptoms of trauma can  vary, but anxiety is typically  present.

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How can trauma therapy help?

Childhood trauma therapy for adults may  determine triggers and help the individual cope better. It’s not necessarily about putting a bandage over an existing problem but giving the client the tools and resources they need to better manage their anxiety.

Trauma therapy is commonly used for PTSD. However, it can also be applicable to the other types of anxiety disorders, depending on the cause. The individual works with a licensed mental health professional to focus on:

  • Identifying and acknowledging the root cause of the trauma/anxiety
  • Safely managing the aftermath of the traumatic experience. Finding healthier ways to cope moving forward. 

The specific type of therapy will determine the exact approach to managing the client’s anxiety and trauma. That  brings us to our next point!

Can someone receive trauma therapy online?

Yes! Cerebral works with clients through online talk therapy. Teletherapy provides many benefits. Communicating virtually is often more comfortable for clients. They’re in a safe and familiar environment: their home. It’s also more convenient than driving to a therapist's office. And most importantly, going virtual allows Cerebral  to make therapy more affordable and accessible.

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So, how can online trauma therapy help with anxiety and other forms of trauma?

CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most common approaches to treating anxiety. Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TFCBT) is specific to people who suffer from symptoms of trauma.

Psychodynamic therapy is another care modality that Cerebral offers. This is an in-depth form of talk therapy that can address social anxiety disorder, relationship difficulties, and eating disorders.

Lastly , there is  eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR). This type of psychotherapy helps to alleviate negative feelings connected to trauma. It focuses less on the traumatic experience itself and more on the results of that experience. During treatment, a therapist leads the client’s eyes from side to side, like swinging a pendulum.

Different people will have unique experiences, circumstances, goals, and needs. Fortunately, there are various types of childhood trauma therapy for adults.

Can therapists prescribe anxiety medication?

“Therapist” is an  umbrella term. When it comes to prescribing medication, only certain types of mental health professionals are allowed to. (The laws also differ by state.) For example, psychiatrists can prescribe medications, while psychologists (or what a person typically thinks of a therapist as) cannot.

People  who think they might benefit from it should speak to their mental health provider. If someone is currently working with a provider who can’t write prescriptions, they should request to be referred to someone who can.

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Cerebral often works with clients to provide a hybrid approach, including both teletherapy and medication. Bear in mind that there are different types of anxiety medicines; what works for one person might not be the best option for the next! In addition, a client’s needs can change over time. A qualified mental health provider  can help their client find the right medication and dosage, over the long term.

Finding online PTSD therapy and additional support for anxiety is more feasible than ever before. Cerebral provides on-demand mental health guidance. The care we offer is immediate, tailored, and measured. And we do it at a third of the cost of traditional, in-person therapy. Regardless of whether or not a person has  insurance, we have a monthly subscription plan that meets our clients’ needs.

Anxiety and trauma don’t have to dominate your life. Ready to take the next step on your mental health journey? Take our free online anxiety test and let’s manage your anxiety together.

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