Trauma is unresolved pain and stress that lives in the mind and body. It may stem from a single distressing event or it may reflect the accumulation of prolonged stress over time. Both types can seriously harm one's potential to foster resilience.
At its core, trauma is unsettled pain that continually affects you (subconsciously or consciously) in some way shape or form. The experience of trauma is unique to everyone. It may show up as anxiety, causing unannounced hyper-distressed states in the mind and body. It may show up as insomnia or nightmares as your brain attempts to process or recover from stress. It can show up as flashbacks of events that you no longer wish to relive. It can even show up as an inability to concentrate, recall events, or process and regulate emotions.
When trauma is too overwhelming, it is not uncommon to live in a state of dissociation entirely. Dissociation is a mental state of disconnection to one’s sense of identity, memories, thoughts and emotions. Sadly, there are many people who are unknowingly stuck in this state and identify with it, assuming that it reflects a portion their personality. In reality, their mind and body defaults to this state as a habitual pattern of protection.
In order to get unstuck, to transition out of this state, we need to relearn safety using a variety of therapeutic tools, which we can support you with. We have a variety of evidence based techniques that we can pull from to meet your individual needs. The path to relearning safety looks different for each of us. Rest assured, we will co-discover effective tools to manage your trauma responses and symptoms.