Trauma & PTSD

“Traumatic events overwhelm the ordinary systems of care that give people a sense of control, connection, and meaning." - Dr. Judith Herman 

“Traumatized people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies: The past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these processes, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness of what is played out inside. They learn to hide from their selves.” - Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

 

What We Normally Think Trauma Is

Combat & Military Experiences

Sexual or Physical Assault

Domestic Violence

Natural Disasters

Homicide

Car Wreck

Human Trafficking

Elder or Child Abuse

Also Trauma

Workplace Harrassment

Bullying

Learning about the death of a loved one

Childhood emotional or physical neglect 

When parents weren't emotionally available

Living with a parent who has mental illness

Grief

When everything looks "fine" from the outside, but you experience pain and felt harmed

 

After enduring overwhelming experiences, our bodies seem to go into permanent alert as if the danger might return any moment. Some people experience PTSD which is your body's NORMAL response to an abnormal or overwhelming event. Do you identify with any of these symptoms?

  • ​Re-Experiencing: nightmares, flashbacks, triggers that are intrusive

  • Avoidance: of places, people, activities, and things that remind you of the event

  • HypOarousal: emotional numbing, spaced out, detached or estranged from people, amnesia or unreality

  • HypERvigilance: irritable, angry, anxious, fearful, feeling on edge, easily startled or jumpy, physical symptoms (pounding heart, sweating, dizzy, rapid breathing), difficulty concentrating or sleeping

  • Negative Changes in Beliefs & Feelings: lack of trust in self, people or the world, poor self-esteem and confidence, hopelessness

 
Window Plants

What Healing Looks Like In Therapy

  • Learn about the dynamics of abuse and neglect

  • Identify red flags

  • Your symptoms of anxiety, depression, or ptsd are brought within manageable limits & eliminated

  • You are able to bear the feelings associated with your memories

  • You have authority over traumatic memories that flash into your mind without control

  • You can develop your story from start to finish

  • Learn to implement boundaries

  • Shed false beliefs about yourself

  • Important relationships have been (re)established

  • You will learn to reconnect with yourself and the world again

  • Create safety & learn to trust yourself

 

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