None of us want to experience trauma, and yet none of us escape it. Trauma can be experienced in many forms. Like a life changing event. An accident or illness, physical and sexual abuse, violence, abandonment, divorce, betrayal or the sudden loss of a loved one. Other times trauma occurs over time through years of neglect, emotional and verbal abuse, being marginalized, failed relationships, and other hardships that take their toll over time.
Sometimes trauma memories lie dormant in our subconscious for years. And then a life event sets something in motion to bring it roaring back. Becoming a parent, or having a child the age that you experienced trauma, experiencing a difficult loss or transition. Sometimes even intimacy can trigger old memories or exaggerated responses to current stressors and relational difficulties.
Maybe you suffer from lingering fear and anxiety. You avoid things that remind you of a troubling event or memory. Certain smells, sounds, a certain look or even a random tone of voice can set you off, creating unease or exaggerated responses. Or you feel like you no longer have any control over how you think, feel and behave. Perhaps you have trouble sleeping or when you are awake, have difficulty concentrating or feeling connected. These could be the effects of trauma.
I specialize in types of therapy commonly used in the treatment of trauma, including EMDR, Brainspotting, Internal Family Systems, and Art Therapy. If you are experiencing some of the above symptoms or have experienced trauma, either as a child or adult, there is hope. It is possible to heal and move on to reclaim joy and peace. Reach out for help today.