“The wound is where the light enters.

              —Rumi

what is trauma?

Trauma isn't so much about what happened, but about our unique response to a difficult event or experience. It is said that trauma survivors don't have memories so much as they have symptoms.

Trauma impairs our ability to connect—to ourselves, to our bodies, to others, and to the world. Trauma includes anything from major to minor events in our lives to experiences that we thought were long-ago forgotten.  

 

trauma can can result from:

  • Witnessing or experiencing events around war and combat

  • Witnessing or experiencing acts of violence

  • Witnessing or experiencing domestic violence (physical, sexual, emotional/verbal)

  • Ongoing systemic stress (economic, racial, cultural, etc.)

  • Childhood abuse (physical, sexual, emotional/verbal)

  • Childhood neglect

  • Natural disaster

  • Expected or unexpected death of a loved one

  • Major or minor car (or other transportation) accidents

  • Medical procedures and experiences

  • Betrayal or abandonment in relationships

 

what does trauma look like?

Clearly, symptoms can show up at the time of the trauma. If the trauma has not been fully acknowledged and processed, it can also create long-term symptoms that make a person feel "crazy."

 

Potential symptoms can be emotional/psychological and/or physiological:

  • Panic attacks, anxiety, phobias

  • Depression Attraction to risky situations

  • Feeling "out of it" or dissociated from your body or the world around you

  • Avoidance behavior

  • Relational problems

  • Aversion to social situations (isolation)

  • Addictions, including drugs & alcohol, sex, shopping, food, gambling, smoking etc.

  • Increased or decreased sexual activity or other reckless or high risk behavior

  • Self-harm including cutting, addictions

  • Nightmares or flashbacks

  • Sleep problems

  • Low opinion of self (shame, worthlessness, etc.)

  • Poor memory (for the incident or for the past)

  • Problems with concentration

  • Digestive problems

  • Amnesia and forgetfulness

  • Migraines and frequent headaches

  • Chronic pain, chronic fatigue, fibro myalgia

  • Even more serious medical diagnoses such as heart disease, cancer, digestive disorders, lupus, etc.

 

if this sounds like you...

Often clients with traumatic events or experiences in their past are being treated for random symptoms which never address the underlying experience. When unaddressed, the symptoms tend to intensify or other symptoms may develop.

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