Most of us probably imagine two people in a quiet room, seated in comfortable chairs, talking. You’ve probably seen therapy pictured like that on TV or maybe you’ve experienced it personally. And it’s pretty accurate.
“Talk therapy” is a very common form of counseling in which people talk to counselors about their issues, problems, and dilemmas in hopes of gaining insight, awareness and understanding which will in turn help them make better choices with regard to their problems. This approach to therapy works fairly well for most problems: job changes and other transitions, conflict resolution, anxiety and mood disorders, etc. It tends to be less effective, however, when working with individuals who have experienced some form of trauma.