Experiencing trauma illicits a range of responses from our mind and body in order to survive and cope. When the trauma is left alone, the person can get more and more steeped in the traumatic response. Without any help for recovery, the unaddressed trauma can grow from an event that happened in the past, to something that continues to dominate daily life. At this point, the trauma can become tragic, debilitating and greatly altering the course of a person's life.
With therapy, clients have the opportunity to escape from the grip of trauma, work through it, make meaning of the event, put it in the past where it belongs, and fill in the pieces of their own "puzzle". This allows them to develop hope, make changes for a more stable life, and even transcend to a more fulfilling life. It is truly an honor to travel this journey with survivors.
Traumatic experiences are more common than some people realize. Things as common as experiencing a divorce, for the adults AND for the kids, can be a traumatic experience. Other common experiences that have a traumatizing impact include; violence, a shocking event, dysfunctional relationships & relationship conflicts, accidents, illnesses, disabilities, bullying, attachment injuries (being hurt by someone you love and trust) and witnessing a traumatic event.
Traumatic experiences such as war, catastrophic events, violence, abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, spiritual), ritualized abuse, neglect, abandonment, torture, captivity, and witnessing a traumatic event, are known to have a huge impact on people to the point of developing post-traumatic-stress-disorder and dissociative identity disorder.
The following symptoms could be related to surviving trauma: withdrawal, depression, guilt, shame, grief, rigid thinking, avoidance, isolation, lost interest and energy for life, controlling, hyper-vigilance, anxiety, overwhelmed, chaotic lifestyle, hyper-sensitivity, numbing-out, anger, aggression, acting-out, eating issues, body-image issues, low self-esteem, self-harm, "spacing out" or dissociating, fragmented memories, re-living the trauma, sleep issues, nightmares, poor body regulation, boundary issues, phobias, regressed behavior, safety issues, poor social integration, self-sabotage, and so on.
When exposed to trauma, the body, spirit and mind have a range of natural responses. By using the Instinctual Trauma Response method and The Core method with survivors, they can express, process, recover and heal from the event. Putting it in the past and disabling it from constantly invading in the client's present experience of life is a huge part of this process. This unburdening allows the client to move forward in life. Life really can get better!