How to Overcome Common Barriers and Challenges in Seeking Trauma-Informed Therapy and Counseling

Embarking on the path to healing through trauma-informed therapy and counseling can be a life-changing decision. 
However, many individuals face barriers and challenges that may deter them from seeking the help they need. 
In this blog post, we'll discuss some common obstacles and offer practical solutions for overcoming these challenges in order to access the support and guidance necessary for recovery.

Trauma & PTSD Therapists in Colorado

Laura Brinkman, MA, LPCC

Laura Brinkman, MA, LPCC

Aurora, Colorado
(720) 449-4121
Mackenzie Batson, LPCC

Mackenzie Batson, LPCC

Aurora, Colorado
(719) 345-2424
Noah Suess, MA, LPC

Noah Suess, MA, LPC

Colorado
(719) 481-3518
Jenifer Seas, LCSW

Jenifer Seas, LCSW

Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 452-4374
Katelynn Dwyer, LPCC

Katelynn Dwyer, LPCC

Colorado
(720) 449-4121
Arias Gonzales, MS, LPC, NCC, EMDR-Trained

Arias Gonzales, MS, LPC, NCC, EMDR-Trained

Colorado
(719) 345-2424
Seth Boughton, SWC

Seth Boughton, SWC

Colorado
(720) 449-4121
Kelsey Maestas, LPCC

Kelsey Maestas, LPCC

Pueblo, Colorado
(719) 696-3439
Katherine Miller, LPCC

Katherine Miller, LPCC

Colorado
(720) 449-4121
Bethany Cantrell, LPC

Bethany Cantrell, LPC

Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 602-1342

Financial Barriers

Financial barriers can be a significant obstacle when seeking therapy, but there are ways to overcome these challenges.

  • Explore insurance coverage: Check with your insurance provider to see if mental health services are covered under your plan
  • Look for sliding scale fees: Many therapists offer a sliding scale fee structure based on income, making their services more accessible
  • Consider community resources: Local mental health clinics, non-profits, or support groups may offer free or low-cost trauma-informed therapy options

By exploring insurance coverage, looking for sliding scale fees, and considering community resources, you can find affordable options for accessing trauma-informed therapy and counseling.

Time Constraints

Time constraints can make it difficult to commit to regular therapy sessions, but overcoming this barrier is essential for your healing journey.

  • Prioritize therapy: Make your mental health a priority by scheduling appointments at times that work best for you
  • Utilize teletherapy: Many therapists offer remote sessions, allowing you to attend appointments from the comfort of your home, saving travel time
  • Implement time management strategies: Organize your schedule to accommodate therapy appointments, delegate tasks or adjust routines as needed

By prioritizing therapy, utilizing teletherapy options, and implementing time management strategies, you can create space in your schedule for the support you need.

Stigma and Misconceptions

Stigma and misconceptions surrounding therapy can create a barrier to seeking help.

  • Educate yourself: Learn about the benefits of trauma-informed therapy and counseling to dispel any misconceptions or fears
  • Address internalized stigma: Recognize and challenge any negative beliefs you may hold about seeking therapy
  • Seek support: Share your feelings with trusted friends or family members, who can offer encouragement and reassurance

By educating yourself, addressing internalized stigma, and seeking support from loved ones, you can overcome these obstacles and empower yourself to access the care you deserve.

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Fear of Revisiting Trauma

The fear of revisiting trauma can be a significant barrier to seeking therapy.

  • Choose a trauma-informed therapist: A skilled therapist will prioritize creating a safe and supportive environment, ensuring that you feel comfortable discussing your experiences
  • Proceed at your own pace: Work with your therapist to determine the pace of your healing journey, allowing yourself time to build trust and adjust to the therapeutic process
  • Practice self-care: Engage in activities that promote well-being and relaxation outside of therapy, helping to balance the emotional demands of revisiting traumatic experiences

By choosing a trauma-informed therapist, proceeding at your own pace, and practicing self-care, you can navigate this fear and work towards healing in a safe and supportive environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I can't find a trauma-informed therapist in my area?

Consider exploring teletherapy options, which can expand your search beyond your immediate geographic area and provide access to trauma-informed therapists in other locations.

How can I approach my employer about taking time off for therapy appointments?

Discuss your needs with your employer, emphasizing the importance of your mental health and well-being. You may also explore options for adjusting your work schedule or using sick leave or personal time for appointments.

Can I attend trauma-informed therapy sessions without discussing my trauma?

Yes, a skilled trauma-informed therapist will respect your boundaries and work with you to determine the pace and focus of your therapy, ensuring that you feel comfortable and supported throughout the process.

What if I feel overwhelmed during my trauma-informed therapy sessions?

Communicate your feelings with your therapist, who can help you develop grounding techniques or adjust the pace of the session to ensure you feel supported and safe.

How do I know if my insurance covers trauma-informed therapy?

Contact your insurance provider directly or review your benefits package for information about mental health coverage. Additionally, when contacting potential therapists, ask if they accept your insurance plan.

What if I'm unsure about committing to long-term therapy?

Discuss your concerns with a potential therapist during an initial consultation. They can provide insight into the therapeutic process and help you determine whether trauma-informed therapy is the right fit for your needs.

Is it okay to switch therapists if I feel the fit isn't right?

Yes, finding the right therapist is essential for a successful healing journey. If you feel that the therapist you initially chose isn't the right fit, you can revisit your list of potential therapists and try scheduling another consultation.

How do I overcome feelings of shame or guilt about seeking therapy?

Acknowledge that seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Recognize and challenge any negative beliefs you may hold about therapy, and consider discussing your feelings with a trusted friend or family member who can offer encouragement and reassurance.

Take the Next Step with Overcomers Counseling

At Overcomers Counseling, our compassionate and experienced trauma-informed therapists are dedicated to helping you overcome barriers and challenges on your healing journey. 

We understand the obstacles you may face and are committed to providing support, guidance, and accessible care. 

Schedule an appointment with one of our skilled therapists today, and let us help you navigate the path toward healing. Click here to schedule your appointment.

Conclusion

Overcoming the barriers and challenges in seeking trauma-informed therapy and counseling is crucial for embarking on your healing journey. Remember that you are not alone, and there are resources and support available to help you navigate these obstacles. By taking the necessary steps to overcome these barriers, you can access the care and guidance you need to heal, grow, and thrive. Your journey to recovery is within reach – take the first step today.

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