People react to trauma differently. Some can move past it quickly. Others work through the experience over time and can separate it as a piece of the past from their present reality. 

For others, though, a traumatic event can become engrained in their minds. You’ve undoubtedly heard of soldiers coming home and experiencing PTSD. Or, a survivor of abuse dealing with flashbacks and memories years later. 

If you’ve been through a traumatic experience and you’re struggling with those memories, it’s possible to take control of your life and your narrative once again. Trauma therapy can help. 

With that in mind, let’s discuss what a trauma narrative is, and how trauma therapy can help you adjust that narrative so you’re controlling it, rather than letting it control you. 

Process and Dealing With the Event

Most people who have been through a traumatic event don’t constantly think about it. Flashbacks might seem to come randomly. More often, though, there are little triggers that cause the event to come to the forefront. 

Sometimes, those triggers can paralyze you with fear. They might make you feel you’re reliving the experience all over again. Unfortunately, even the smallest trigger can leave an impact that lasts for days. 

Triggers can be especially damaging if they cause the event to replay in your mind. It can quickly feel as if you’re not in control. Rather, it feels like the narrative is controlling you.

What is Trauma Narrative?

With all of this “narrative” talk, it’s important to understand what a trauma narrative really is. 

When you go through a traumatic event, your mind will try to make sense of what happened. Without a narrative, your mind can be easily influenced by triggers. It can cause you to go into “fight or flight” mode and may take you right back to the mindset you were in when the event happened. 

That’s why a narrative is so important. 

A trauma narrative is a way to reframe your memories of what happened. You’re creating a “story” for yourself that assures you that you’re in a safe environment. You can reframe the story of what happened in a way that gives you more power and control. 

How Can Trauma Therapy Help? 

It’s not always easy to create a new narrative on your own. If you’re struggling with flashbacks and triggers, the idea of “storytelling” in any way might feel next to impossible. 

That’s why trauma therapy is so important. 

A therapist can guide you through the steps of creating a narrative. They can provide the assurance of safe space, and work through the process at a speed you’re comfortable with. Typically, creating a narrative begins with the facts of what happened. From there, you’ll add your emotions and thoughts and work through the uncomfortable spots. 

That’s where healing can really begin. 

Once you’ve faced that discomfort, you can challenge those negative thoughts, think about what you’ve learned and how you’ve grown, and take full control over your narrative. The best part? You don’t have to do any of it on your own.  

When you’re focused on growth with a new narrative, you’ll spend less time flashing back to the traumatic event, and more time looking toward the future. 

If you’ve gone through a traumatic experience, it’s important to know that you can be in control once again. You don’t have to live in fear or worry about when the next trigger might derail your progress. Feel free to contact me if you’re interested in trauma therapy. Together, we can work through the steps needed to take control of your narrative and reclaim your life.