A trauma is an event or experience that is perceived by an individual as so overwhelming and with such high stress, that their ability to cope mentally and/or physically is greatly affected. The sight, sounds, beliefs, and emotional state of the person in the moment, often becomes “stuck” or “frozen”, consequently allowing psychological and physical distress to grow into serious long term negative consequences.
Often times people associate “trauma” with a large scale event such as rape, abuse/neglect, or natural disasters, (just to name a few), however, it is not so much about “what happened” as it is each individuals “perception” of the experience that occurred. A trauma may also be from the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, moving homes, or even a heated argument. Just as we are all physically unique in size and shape, so are our brains and the ways in which we perceive situations may greatly vary.
Perhaps you have felt sad, lonely or anxious and regardless of how much therapy you have had, nothing seems to change.
Consider the repeated situation of finally feeling good about yourself and where your life is headed but once again are overtaken with feelings of self-doubt and poor self-worth.
Maybe you have intrusive thoughts, memories, or dreams and no matter how hard you try, you simply cannot put the past behind you.
When traumas remain unresolved, certain events or thoughts may involuntarily trigger reactions that are “state-specific” to the original disturbing memory, once again leaving you with feelings of shame, guilt, anxiety, depression, or anger. This is where I can help! I have a specialized training in EMDR therapy which has been known to be very helpful in resolving trauma. Learn more about EMDR Therapy.
The answer: It is an ongoing process and a lifetime project. However, through therapy, I can help you achieve the calm, grounded and motivated self that you have been searching for. It is time to get your life back!