What is Trauma?
Emotional and psychological Trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless. It’s not the objective facts that determine whether an event is Traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be Traumatised. "Trauma is not what happened to you, it is what happens inside you as a result of what happened to you' 'Gabor Mate'
What can cause Trauma?
Trauma can be caused by one time events, such as an accident, injury, violent attack, natural disaster or a sudden death. Emotional trauma can begin in childhood. Events such as on-going stress, living in fear due to abuse, addiction, crime or battling a life-threatening illness, surgery, the breakup of a significant relationship, or a humiliating experience can all be triggers.
Symptoms of Trauma
The list of Trauma symptoms is varied. A person may feel angry, irritable, guilty, shameful, responsibility, sad and feel a sense of hopelessness. They may feel dissociated from their surrounding world, leaving a person with depression, and a difficulty to form and maintain relationships. Their concentration maybe affected, they may withdraw from others, and feel numb.
Some people use self destructing behaviours to manage these symptoms such as alcohol, drugs, self harming, eating disorders, or feel suicidal. Symptoms can be persistent and not ease over time, or you could feel triggered by a painful memory or event at anytime.
How I work with Trauma
If you have been affected in this way your Automatic Nervous System (ANS) has been disrupted. What this means is if the ANS is disrupted by Traumatic events it’s unable to regulate itself, leaving you suffering with recurring Traumatic symptoms. I work to support you to understand the neuroscience as to why your body, mind and emotions are reacting in this way. There are various specialised interventions that work well to process trauma EMDR and Somatic therapy.
The main goal of somatic therapy is the recognition and release of physical tension that may remain in the body in the aftermath of a traumatic event. Therapy sessions typically involve me supporting you to track your experience of sensations throughout your body. Sessions may include breathing techniques, mindful meditation, and physical movement. I will ensure that you feel comfortable with me before we begin to work together in this way. Healing trauma requires that we work directly with our bodies to release what they hold, and forge connections between body and psyche that will enable us to integrate the traumatic symptoms.