When you’ve experienced trauma
… you can feel out of control, act compulsively, and become overrun with unwanted thoughts.
You need stability.
Stabilization is holding yourself together and once again feeling a sense of control. Here are some steps to take to regain stability.
- Get in an environment that is free from physical harm or other abuse.
- Learn about safe people and practice boundaries.
- Reconnect with safe social connections that are already in your network.
Practice being fully engaged in the present
- Do things that are beneficial (for example: work, group involvement, housework, community service, prayer, etc.)
- Do small things to feel a sense of accomplishment.
- Notice when you’ve done something well.
Gain control of your body
- Practice muscle relaxation.
- Slow your breathing: count to 4 as you inhale and again as you exhale.
- Develop a predictable routine of eating, working, and sleeping.
Regulate your emotion
- When you feel strong emotion, remember the trauma is not happening.
- Learn to calm fearful thoughts.
- Differentiate what something feels like from what is actually happening.
Providers With This Specialty
Timi Schuessler, M.A., LPC (Can use EMDR)
C. Paige Smith, M.A., LPC (Can use EMDR)
Veronica Johnson, Psy.D.
Christin Gardner, M.A., LPCC (Can use EMDR)
Randy Reed, M.A., LPCC
Andrew DePinto, Counseling Intern