What is Trauma?
This is a loaded question, but lets keep it simple:
Trauma is any event that ruptures
our general sense of predictability and safety
within the world.
Trauma is Subjective
Trauma is not a ‘’conscious’ decision but rather an executive decision made by our nervous system’s interpretations and interactions with specific parts of the brain.
What this means:
What can be felt as ‘traumatic’ by one person, may not be ‘traumatic’ to another person.
Our body may have a trauma response even when we don’t believe it should.
The good news:
If trauma impacts our body’s way of processing information... and if we view symptoms as ‘overactivity’ within certain regions of our brain... we can teach our body how to ‘rebalance’ itself by decreasing activity in certain neurological regions and strengthening other neurological regions.
Healing then becomes defined as the successful realignment between our mind-body brain connection.
Common Sources of Trauma
The dark underbelly of social media and texting. Too often, individuals suffer in silence. Low self esteem, suicidal thoughts and self harm can result from bullying. The effects of cyber bullying can be lifelong. Treatment can help find healing post trauma.
Healing Post Trauma
Each person defines healing differently. Similar to how ‘trauma’ is subjective, our understanding of what it means to ‘heal’ is also subjective. Below are some common ways that clients have defined healing:
“I want to feel safe in my body again”
“I don’t want to feel numb”
“I want to feel like life has purpose and meaning again”
“I want to stop having intrusive memories of the event”
“I want to stop feeling so scared in the world”
“I want to have meaningful relations again”
“I want to be able to relax”
“I want to feel like I can protect myself”
“I want to feel happy”
“I want to feel like a person with an identity and not just a survivor”