If you are seeking treatment for trauma, we can help you. We have specialized expertise and years of experience in the treatment of trauma.
We offer therapy from our lovely offices in downtown Oslo or via a secure video solution available across Norway.
In this article, we will explain how we approach and treat trauma. You will get an impression of our psychologists and can easily schedule an appointment.
If you have already decided to give it a try, you can read more about our psychologists and schedule an appointment via our online booking system in two minutes.
You go straight to an experienced male or female psychologist for trauma treatment. The waiting time is short so you get started quickly, before the traumatic experiences have time to affect you more.
Our psychologists have a high level of expertise in the recommended methods for treatment of trauma, whether you are suffering from complex trauma, relational trauma, childhood trauma or isolated trauma experiences later in life.
We are highly trained in most approaches, including EMDR.
Treatment of trauma with Psykologvirke - what is trauma?
Trauma can come in many forms. There can be catastrophic events or more subtle and relational conditions.
A commonality is that the experiences leave permanent, life-limiting tracks in our entire system.
There can be sensory impressions and/or emotions that are overwhelming and which strongly activate anxiety, as well as a defense reaction in the form of automatic mental distancing.
The experiences are stored in the body and can be triggered or re-activated by small things in everyday life that remind us of the traumatic experience(s).
Often, the triggers are conscious (a loud sound), but they can also be unconscious (a voice, a look, an internal feeling). These are things that are likely to pop up during treatment for trauma.
Therapy for trauma with a psychologist - EMDR and other methods
There are various recommended approaches for the treatment of trauma.
One thing they all have in common is that they entail methods for gradual exposure to the traumatic material within the tolerance levels of the client.
This allows for gradual adjustment over time to the involved physical sensations that memories, sensory impressions and emotions can bring.
This ultimately leads to a relaxation of the body's automated anxiety response - and once the anxiety is lessened you also no longer need avoidance.
Another effective mechanism in the treatment of trauma is that you are able to understand it in a new way. The things that haunt us often crumble in the light of day.
Trauma therapy with EMDR and ISTDP
At Psykologvirke, we have specialized expertise in methods such as EMDR and intensive depth therapy (ISTPD).
The deciding factors for successful treatment of trauma are that we manage together to establish a precise focus and that we work at the upper end of your tolerance threshold.
This means that you will not be overwhelmed by overactivation or experience underactivation by a drawn-out process.
We have great experience in navigating this terrain, so we can achieve a safe and effective treatment for trauma.
If you do not have health insurance and cannot afford to pay for trauma therapy yourself, we have created a simple guide to psychologists in Oslo.
Treatment for trauma in a safe environment
We place great value on creating a foundation of trust and safety and of being open and forthright about what we are thinking and doing at any given moment - regardless of if treatment is based on EMDR or other principles.
Within such a framework you can best practice new ways to handle the anxiety as well as the often (irrational) shame and guilt that are connected with traumatic experiences.
Click here to read an exciting and in-depth article about how we believe psychotherapy can help and how trauma treatment permeates our thought processes.
Treatment for trauma with a Psykologvirke - does it help?
The prognosis for treatment of trauma is generally a good one. However, trauma can be so complex and multilayered that it is difficult to give a generalized prognosis.
We will begin with a thorough mapping that will also make it easier to form a prognosis, as well as give us an idea of the treatment length.
Everyone deserves freedom, joy, love and good health. We are a dedicated team who bring the best of psychological expertise in our work with our clients.
In our blog you can read more experimental treatment of trauma in this interview with Bessel van der Kolk on mdma-assisted therapy
If you wish to read more regarding some of the central perspectives of how trauma impacts the body, click the link below.