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How Therapy Can Help Heal Trauma: Understanding Neural Integration, Cognitive Processing, and Attachment Styles
Trauma can leave deep scars on our minds and hearts, affecting how we feel, think, and act. But healing is possible, and therapy can be a guiding light on the path to recovery. In this blog, we’ll explore how different therapeutic approaches like Neural Divergent Integration Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and understanding Attachment Styles can aid in healing trauma.
What is Trauma?
Trauma is a distressing or disturbing experience that overwhelms our ability to cope. It can result from various events, such as accidents, natural disasters, violence, or abuse. Trauma can leave us feeling scared, anxious, or even numb, affecting our relationships, emotions, and sense of self.
How Therapy Can Help:
Neural Divergent Integration Therapy (NDIT):
Neural Divergent Integration Therapy focuses on rewiring the brain’s response to trauma. It recognizes that traumatic experiences can alter brain function and structure. NDIT uses techniques like mindfulness, breathing exercises, and body awareness to help individuals regulate their emotions and calm their nervous systems. By engaging different parts of the brain, NDIT promotes healing and integration, allowing individuals to process and move beyond their trauma.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT):
Cognitive Processing Therapy helps individuals challenge and change negative thought patterns related to their trauma. It involves identifying and addressing harmful beliefs about oneself, others, and the world. Through techniques such as reframing our thoughts, CPT empowers individuals to reframe their experiences and develop healthier perspectives. By understanding how our thoughts influence our emotions and behaviors, CPT enables us to regain a sense of control and peace in our lives.

Attachment Styles:
Attachment styles play a crucial role in how we relate to others and navigate relationships. Trauma can disrupt our attachment patterns, leading to difficulties in forming secure connections with others. By understanding our attachment style— whether it’s secure or insecure, anxious, avoidant, or disorganized or a combination of some of those—we can gain insight into our patterns in our relationships and interactions; and work towards building healthier connections. Therapy provides a safe space to explore past experiences, heal relational wounds, and develop more healthy attachment styles.

Trauma can feel overwhelming, but therapy offers hope and healing. Through approaches such as these, we can start on a journey of self-discovery and transformation. Therapy provides the tools and support needed to process trauma, rebuild resilience, and reclaim agency over one’s life. Remember, healing takes time, but with patience and the support and encouragement of your therapist, you will likely find healing and peace.
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