Help and Training in Managing Reactions

Creating Safety and Balance

By Pamela Woll

If your post-trauma reactions are causing challenges for you or others around you, chances are those challenges won't just solve themselves.

But for many people who are having trouble with post-trauma effects, they're reluctant to open up about subjects they might feel a lot of shame about, or dig deep into memories that are full of pain, anger, and fear.  Others may shy away from any kind of help that’s going to take a long time or require that they talk about feelings or personal things.

You might think of the help that's available in two basic types:

  1. Help in managing triggers and stress reactions and
  2. Help in changing the way your brain and body process and react to difficult memories.
The first type of help—in managing your triggers and reactions—is in many ways more training than therapy.  You don't have to relive the past or explore your feelings if you don't want to, and you can start in small, manageable ways.  For example: