Why Trauma Matters
Knowing what trauma is and finding out how it may be affecting you is an important part of therapy. Trauma impacts who we are and how we see the world. Many of the things that brought you to therapy are likely rooted in traumatic experiences. By addressing trauma, we are able to address the root causes of your problems.
Trauma is linked to: all addictions, problematic parenting, depression, anxiety, obesity, chronic disease; the list is endless.
What kinds of experience can be traumatic?
The ability to recognize emotional trauma has changed radically over the course of history. Until recently psychological trauma was noted only in men after catastrophic wars. The women's movement in the sixties broadened the definition of emotional trauma to include physical and sexual abuse of women and children. Now, the impact of psychological trauma has extended to experiences that include
- Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes, etc.
- Physical assault, including rape, incest, molestation, domestic abuse and
serious bodily harm
- Serious accidents, such as automobile or other high-impact scenarios
- Experiencing or witnessing horrific injury, carnage or fatalities
Other often overlooked potential sources of psychological trauma include
- Falls or sports injuries
- Surgery, particularly emergency, and especially in first 3 years of life
- Serious illness, especially when accompanied by very high fever
- Birth trauma
- Hearing about violence to or sudden death of someone close
Traumatic stress in childhood can be caused by a poor or inadequate relationship with a primary caretaker. Sources of this developmental or relational trauma result from
- Forced separation very early in life from the primary caregiver
- Chronic mis-attunement of a caregiver to a child's attachment signals ("mal-attachment")
- Reasons such as neurological physical or mental illness, depression, grief or unresolved trauma
- Neurological disruption caused by experiences in the womb or during birth
Research also shows that emotional trauma can result from such common occurrences as
- An auto accident
- The breakup of a significant relationship
- A humiliating or deeply disappointing experience
- The discovery of a life-threatening illness or disabling condition, or other similar situations
Traumatizing events can take a serious emotional toll on those involved, even if the event did not cause physical damage.
EMDR and How It Can Heal Trauma
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is a cost-effective, non-invasive, evidenced-based trauma processing therapy that uses bi-lateral (left and right brain) stimulation to process traumatic memories that create problematic symptoms in our day to day lives. EMDR helps us to become "unstuck" processing events and interactions that may have left us confused, depressed and unable to cope with the daily tasks of life and love relationships. Through processing traumatic experiences individuals are able to incorporate new ways of living, interacting and responding to their environments and the people around them.
Healing Your Trauma
Together, we can work together to help care for your trauma and heal past detrimental experiences. Tools we may use in your treatment include: EMDR, body work with a great trauma informed chiropractor, assessing your ACE score and more.
Contact Life Love Healing Wellness Center today to find out how we can move forward with healing your trauma.