Help with Trauma

  • Having trouble functioning at home or work
  • Suffering from severe fear, anxiety, or depression
  • Unable to form close, satisfying relationships
  • Experiencing terrifying memories, nightmares, or flashbacks
  • Avoiding more and more things that remind you of the trauma
  • Emotionally numb and disconnected from others
  • Using alcohol or drugs to feel better

Emotional and psychological symptoms of trauma:

  • Shock, denial, or disbelief
  • Anger, irritability, mood swings
  • Guilt, shame, self-blame
  • Feeling sad or hopeless
  • Confusion, difficulty concentrating
  • Anxiety and fear
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Feeling disconnected or numb

Physical symptoms of trauma:

  • Insomnia or nightmares
  • Being startled easily
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Aches and pains
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Edginess and agitation
  • Muscle tension

Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and alone can be traumatic, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective facts that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized.


Causes of emotional or psychological trauma

An event will most likely lead to emotional or psychological trauma if:

  • It happened unexpectedly.
  • You were unprepared for it.
  • You felt powerless to prevent it.
  • It happened repeatedly.
  • Someone was intentionally cruel.
  • It happened in childhood.

Emotional and psychological trauma can be caused by single-blow, one-time events, such as a horrible accident, a natural disaster, or a violent attack. Trauma can also stem from ongoing, relentless stress, such as living in a crime-ridden neighborhood or struggling with cancer.

Commonly overlooked causes of emotional and psychological trauma

  • Falls or sports injuries
  • Surgery (especially in the first 3 years of life)
  • The sudden death of someone close
  • A car accident
  • The breakup of a significant relationship
  • A humiliating or deeply disappointing experience
  • The discovery of a life-threatening illness or disabling condition

The good news? This is workable:

Having trauma is normal. Trauma is a sane response to an insane situation. And you don't have to live with it for the rest of your life. 


Sometimes talk therapy isn't the most effective way to deal with the past. Traumatic events get wired into the nervous system, so the fastest, most effective way to treat them is by working with the body.  Somatic Trauma Work is a general term to describe a variety of experiential, body based therapies that treat trauma. I use a style called Trauma Dynamics therapy. I have seen individuals transform their lives with this style in ways that would never have been possible with traditional talk therapy. I use this method to work with individuals of all ages for such things as car accidents, sexual assault, natural disasters, military combat, and neglect.

What is Trauma Dynamics therapy?

Trauma Dynamics is a highly technical, experience focused, strategic, body-based form of psychotherapy that brings together current neuroscience research (I.e memory systems, learning theory, Peter Levine’s modeling of the ANS) and the best elements of other therapeutic modalities (such as DBT skill building, attachment, family systems and psychodynamic transference work). A premise of the model is that much of human mental health and functioning is based in our basic animal biology. The cognitive, rational distinctly human aspect is built upon a somatic, mammalian foundation that is non-rational, non-verbal and often times, non-conscious. This bottom-up model of human functioning is a premise of Trauma Dynamics that adds efficiency, contact and movement to the healing process. Currently, the Trauma Dynamics is the only evidence based, research supported body-based trauma therapy available.

 


Resilient strength is the opposite of helplessness. The tree is made strong and resilient by its grounded root system. These roots take nourishment from the ground and grow strong. Grounding also allows the tree to be resilient so that it can yield to the winds of change and not be uprooted. Springiness is the facility to ground and ‘unground’ in a rhythmical way. This buoyancy is a dynamic form of grounding. Aggressiveness is the biological ability to be vigorous and energetic, especially when using instinct and force. In the immobility (traumatized) state, these assertive energies are inaccessible. The restoration of healthy aggression is an essential part in the recovery from trauma. Empowerment is the acceptance of personal authority. It derives from the capacity to choose the direction and execution of one’s own energies. Mastery is the possession of skillful techniques in dealing successfully with threat. Orientation is the process of ascertaining one’s position relative to both circumstance and environment. In these ways the residue of trauma is renegotiated.
— Peter Levine

 

 

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