Trauma Truths

  • What is Trauma?

  • Symptoms of Trauma

  • Healing is Possible

  • Trauma Healing Process             


What is Trauma?

Trauma occurs when a person experiences an extremely stressful event that shatters his/her sense of safety and worth, distorting his/her sense of being. Trauma can result from actual threats to life or safety or any circumstance that leaves a person feeling overwhelmed or isolated. It’s about the emotional reaction to what has happened, not merely the event itself.

Trauma can result from a single incident such as a:

  • Accident

  • Illness or medical issue

  • Natural disaster

  • Single abuse or assault

  • Sudden loss

  • Witnessing of violence

Or it can be complex, caused by:

  •  Adverse childhood experiences (as determined by the ACES questionnaire)

  • Domestic or community violence

  • Ongoing abuse

  • Ongoing betrayal (in which the person is emotionally or physically trapped)

  • War

Symptoms of Trauma

If you are dealing with any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from the consequences of trauma:

  • Anxiety

  • Chronic pain/headaches

  • Depression

  • Digestive disorders

  • Disinterest

  • Eating disorders

  • Emotional overwhelm

  • Feeling disconnected from one’s body

  • Few/no memories

  • Hopelessness

  • Hyper-vigilance/mistrust

  • Insomnia

  • Irritability

  • Lack of sense of self

  • Nightmares/flashbacks

  • Numbness

  • Obsessive and compulsive behaviors

  • Panic attacks

  • Perfectionism

  • Poor concentration

  • Self destructive behavior

  • Shame/worthlessness

  •   Substance abuse 

 


Healing is Possible

Sometimes the impact of trauma seems to be resolved, but the symptoms are merely repressed. Trauma reactions may be triggered later on by situations or events. Recent evidence suggests that even if a person receives appropriate interventions after a trauma, he/she may still develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

This varies by person. Some predictors for whether someone will develop PTSD include the magnitude of the exposure, prior trauma, inadequate social support, and whether the individual is a highly sensitive person (HSP).

Healing is possible.

And with it comes calm, connection with the body, deep breathing, energy, expansion, fluidity, lightness, sense of being in the moment and warmth.

Trauma Healing Process

Trauma healing therapy has numerous objectives:

  • Reintegrating the patient’s fragmented parts.

  • Challenging and replacing self-defeating behaviors.

  • Creating a combination of interventions to balance the individual’s nervous system.

  • Building emotional tolerance and resiliency.

  • Identifying internal and external supports.

This healing process is not talk therapy but an amalgam of body/brain-related modalities, tailored to the unique needs of each patient.

They include:

  • EMDR — Using bilateral stimulation to remove trauma-related negative thought patterns and replace them with positive perceptions.

  • Mirror Revisioning — Using simulated re-attachment to activate the brain’s mirror neuron system, restoring healthy attachment.

  • Somatic Work — Using the patient’s perceived body sensations to relieve trauma symptoms.

Complementary restorative therapies include:

  • Acupuncture

  • Cranial Sacral massage

  • Energy healing

  • Equine Therapy

  • Expressive art

  • Psychodrama

  • Yoga