1. Changes are tangible: Often we are stuck in unhelpful patterns that prevent us from meeting our true needs or our goals. Many of these patterns are a result of previous protective mechanisms that we built up to cope with traumatic experiences. Working through trauma can help to dissolve these patterns and implement more helpful coping strategies that actually help us to get our needs met.
2. Understanding a traumatic experience can be relieving: Sometimes we are not sure why some triggers in our now impact us the way they do. We tend to believe we are over-reacting or more sensitive than others. Identifying and exploring past traumatic incidents can help us to label what is going on, gain a deeper understanding and enhance our compassion toward ourselves.
3. Facing trauma can be empowering: When we go through a traumatic experience beyond fear and distress, it can leave us feeling powerless and overwhelmed. Examining this trauma in a safe, guiding therapy setting can help us to regain a sense of control in the face of the trauma that we survived. We are no longer the person in that traumatic moment who is unable to protect themselves, but rather we are now able to harness our courage and empower ourselves to heal.