When one experiences trauma, symptoms can manifest in thoughts, bodily reactions, and behavior. Through the systematic processing of traumatic events, clients can learn to recognize how their negative thoughts and beliefs have impacted their functioning.

They can also explore how the mind and body have responded to the trauma, e.g. intrusive flashbacks, hypervigilance, dissociative episodes, anxiety, sleeplessness, headaches, digestive issues, etc., and through treatment work on effective methods of coping, feeling safer, and moving beyond the trauma.