If a loved one has ever broken your trust, you will understand the sting that betrayal can leave behind. In some cases, it is, however, not just a sting but can cause a long-lasting trauma. The betrayal trauma can affect you emotionally, physically, and spiritually. In most cases, you will need therapy to deal with this betrayal.
What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Betrayal Trauma?
Some various signs and symptoms can indicate that you are struggling with betrayal trauma. These symptoms include but are not limited to:
- To a loss of self-esteem or self-worth.
- A numbness that feels as if it is all-consuming.
- Anger and guilt.
- The inability to control your emotions.
- Intrusive thoughts about the details of the affair.
- A complete loss of faith in other people.
With all these emotions rampaging through you, how can you start the healing process? How can you begin to build yourself back up? At Sage Counseling and Coaching, we suggest that you contact us for a betrayal trauma therapy session in Issaquah, Washington. It is difficult, perhaps nearly impossible.
Beginning The Healing Process
If you have been betrayed and decide to give your partner another chance, it could take years before you can cope with betrayal feelings. The relationship could perhaps not withstand these years. We understand that it is complicated and that is why we suggest that you talk to us. Begin the healing process immediately, even if it is just for your own sanity.
Stop Avoiding, And Start To Acknowledge
One of the first steps in betrayal trauma therapy is acknowledging that the betrayal happened. If you cannot recognize the betrayal and keep avoiding it, you will not start the healing process.
Start To Accept Difficult Emotions
Numerous emotions are at play during a betrayal. You will have to realize that it is okay to feel these emotions; it is okay to let yourself experience them. Do not hide away from the anger or the grief. Please do not put them in little small compartments and box them away inside you. If you cannot feel your emotions, you will not be able to begin the healing process.
Make Use Of Your Support Network
You have people around you, your support network, that can assist you during your recovery process. Make use of your friends and family in the tough times. Lean on them when you are unable to continue; that is why you have a support network in the first place.
Focus On You
You need time to work through the betrayal; you need time to process. As we mention, it can sometimes take years to come to terms with the betrayal, which is okay. You have to focus on yourself. Take your time to decide if you want to continue the relationship or end the relationship. Remember that it is a healing process and that it is okay not to get it 100% right the first time. As long as you are working towards a healthier you, then everything will be OK in the end.