Trauma results from activating our intrinsic survival mechanisms when faced with life-threatening situations that overwhelmed our system.
Traumatization can happen when someone goes through a life-threatening experience. Various types of emotional abuse, bullying, natural disasters or even neglect are examples of events or threats that can spark traumatization. It's not just the event itself but how it impacts you emotionally and physically that results in traumatization. Often, it's a blend many factors such as age, early life experiences, current resources and frequency of threat. It's important to understand that trauma affects different people in different ways, and there's no one-size-fits-all experience.
Trauma often manifests as a persistent presence, casting a burdensome weight upon your shoulders. It can consist of disturbing memories that resurface unexpectedly, seemingly bridging the past with the present. The frequency and intensity of many emotions can leave you exhausted, making it challenging to find serenity. It may feel as though you are in a perpetual state of high alert, with your body and mind constantly vigilant for potential threats. Sleep, once peaceful, may now be plagued by restless nights filled with nightmares, echoing the traumatic experiences. As you navigate through life, it may seem like the lens through which you perceive the world has shifted. Your trust in others and even in yourself may be questioned, as the very essence of your identity undergoes transformation.
I want you to know that there are several trauma treatment approaches in existence that would allow us to get creative in how to get you to effectively process and heal from your experience of traumatization.
Trauma can emerge via various subtypes. Some of these main types are trauma are a single threatening event, such as a car accident or assault, and chronic trauma stemming from ongoing, prolonged stressors like domestic abuse or systemic discrimination. Complex trauma typically arises from repetitive, often childhood, exposure to various forms of abuse or neglect.
Trauma treatment frequently involves the integration of experiential trauma-focused therapies, which are designed to alleviate the psychological effects of trauma. These therapies, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and somatic experiencing, provide individuals with a structured, safe environment to process their traumatic memories and emotions. By doing so, these therapies aim to reduce distressing symptoms, like flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety, while also helping people regain a sense of control over their lives. Ultimately, the goal is to promote healing, resilience, and the ability to move beyond the impact of trauma.
At times, survivors of trauma report experiences of post traumatic growth!
Just as experiences of trauma are unique and vary from person to person, so too are their treatment needs. Treating trauma will likely require us to collaborate in a creative way to find the specific type or combination of treatment that works best for you and your personal experience.
Trauma-focused therapy isn't just the start of a healing journey to alleviate distress but also a means of reconnecting with your true self, empowering you to navigate life with compassion, curiosity, confidence, and clarity.
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