Trauma is the most-missed issue among psychotherapists. Often disguised as depression, anxiety, isolation, or acting out behavior, trauma is usually overlooked and not dealt with directly. Getting to the core issues and healing from their devastating impact is of the utmost importance in our work.
Everyone experiences trauma.
It is not the event but our emotional perception of the event.
It isn’t just physical harm. Trauma does not just happen to a few unlucky people. The everyday sufferings of loneliness and fear are traumatic. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized. Half of all people will experience an event in their life that they perceive as traumatic, “an event that divides your life into a before and after, a watershed moment that really changes the way you view the world.”
So yeah, the break-up is life altering.
Your husband’s cancer diagnosis is traumatic.
Your partner’s addiction is a crisis.
Your wife’s affair is traumatic.
Your Relationship Trauma is real.
If you’ve experienced an extremely stressful or disturbing event that’s left you feeling helpless and emotionally out of control, you may have been traumatized. Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away. It can also leave you feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. When bad things happen, it can take a while to get over the pain and feel safe again.
Whether the trauma happened years ago or yesterday, you can make healing changes and move on with your life.
What Causes Trauma
- One-time events, such as an accident or violent attack
- Ongoing, relentless stress, such as living in a home with relentless arguing
- Commonly overlooked causes, such as surgery, moving, a humiliating or deeply disappointing experience
Childhood Trauma Increases The Risk of Future Trauma
Experiencing trauma in childhood can be severe and long-lasting. When childhood trauma is not resolved, a sense of fear and helplessness carries over into adulthood, setting the stage for further trauma.
Childhood trauma can result from anything that disrupts a sense of safety, including:
- An unstable or unsafe environment
- Separation from a parent
- Serious illness
- Domestic violence
- Emotional or verbal abuse
Whether you are experiencing post-traumatic stress or simply having difficulty adjusting after a trauma, we are trained and skilled in using a number of effective treatments for PTSD and trauma-related disorders that bridge traditional psychotherapy, neuroscience and somatic therapy including EMDR, Somatic Experiencing and Heart Centered Hypnotherapy.