Trauma

What is trauma

If we use a river as a metaphor for our emotional life then the stream includes our collective thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are under our control. Sometimes on the way we encounter different “rocks, boulders or external dangers” that might be difficult or uncomfortable but we have the control to move through or around them. The riverbanks are the boundaries. When trauma occurs our “riverbank”/boundary is ruptured, meaning it’s beyond our control.Trauma dis-regulates the nervous system. This dis-regulation in the nervous system leaves us overwhelmed by things that we used to handle easily or even enjoy. When this happens we can feel different feelings and sensations such as panic, anxiety,  deep fear, rage, shock, numbness, depression, loneliness, hopelessness, an inability to make decisions, sleeplessness, drowsiness and more.

We can reclaim our wholeness by learning to rebalance ourselves to handle the demands of life and by learning to connect to our deeper sense of self and inner knowing.

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How therapy helps to heal trauma

Each of us has the ability to restore inner-balance. In therapy, you will work with your therapist on strengthening this wisdom. We will work with the trauma itself in a way that won’t be re-traumatizing.

Recovery from trauma means being able to rest deeply, when it is time to rest and being able to engage fully, when it is time to engage.

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Experiences that cause trauma:

  • Abuse
  • Accidents,
  • Harsh divorce
  • Death of a loved one
  • Surgery
  • War
  • Exploitation
  • Abandonment
  • And more…

Physical symptoms of trauma:

  • Not being able to sit still
  • Increased heart rate
  • Agitation
  • Feeling jittery
  • Drowsy
  • Immobilized
  • Cold
  • Feeling split off from the body and more