Trauma & PTSD

Trauma

Just the word “trauma” feels volatile. It’s no wonder we shy away from it when we can, but running from it, doesn’t change the fact that it’s left its mark on our lives.

If you found yourself on this page and you are dealing with the effects of trauma, I want you to know you are not alone and there is hope. The bravest thing you can do is ask for help and being here is the first step. If, as your read through this page, you become overwhelmed with emotions please use this video to help regain your control.

Trauma Comes in All Shapes & Sizes

If I asked you the question “What is Trauma?” What may come to mind is living through a natural disaster, an accident or a horrific event. And of course, you’d be right. But what if I told you that not all trauma comes from huge events? Would that shock you?

Although large trauma is easy to recognize; like an earthquake or a car accident, some trauma is harder to identify. Honestly, sometimes from the outside, it may not even appear to be trauma because we see it as small and insignificant. Overtime, even to person who experienced the trauma can minimize the impact it’s had on them.

When we experience trauma or a traumatic event it is saved at the age, we experience it. Whether large or small the memories, emotions and energies are recorded and stored at the age it happens to us.

Reason & Understanding

​​Today, if I were to look back at a moment from when I was 5, I would be doing so from a 45-year-old woman’s vantage point. Today, I understand that the children that caused me pain, had parents who didn’t care for them, and they were simply lashing out, because they were hurting. When I think of the words they said to me, I scoff at them, because today I know they are just words. My 45-year-old self can offer understanding and even sympathy as I look back at this traumatic moment in my life.

However, when we think back and relive the trauma, we are flooded by the emotions and energies we felt at the age of 5. It doesn’t matter what our 45-year-old self believes because what we experienced at 5 years old will be remembered from the 5-year old’s perspective. Unfortunately, reason and understanding are not part of the package.

This is exactly why we find ourselves confused

​​When someone shares a childhood event with us that causes them great pain, we look at the experience without any of the emotion or energy the child felt in that moment. We don’t understand why the person is so upset, it happened so long ago, and our mature brains offer up reason and understanding. So, we are quick to brush it off as “no big deal”, further adding to the pain the trauma has left behind for the person sharing.

Sometimes even the person sharing the story has this same reaction. Have you ever witnessed someone sharing a story who became emotional or upset? Maybe it’s even happened to you.  Most of the time we hear them say things like “I don’t even know why I am so emotional”, “it happened so long ago” or “I know she didn’t mean it that way, so why am I so upset about it?”

When we find ourselves flooded by the emotion and energy of the past, we feel it just as strongly as we did when it happened.

We Don’t Have to Live in The Shadow of Trauma

When we experience trauma, it leaves its mark and as such our past experiences dictate our actions and reactions in the present. But we don’t have to live in the shadow of the trauma, Emotional Freedom Technique and Energy Healing are great options to help you process and release the emotional and energic ties you have to these events. As we work together you will be equipped with tools you can use daily and even when you’re triggered.

If you are interested in more information, please schedule your free consultation today…

PTSD begins with traumatic events

However, unlike trauma which happens in a moment in time, PTSD is experience over and over through flashbacks and the reliving of the event. Although PTSD begins with experiencing trauma, not all traumatic events lead to PTSD.  Some of the common symptoms of PTSD are:

  • Intrusive memories of bad events
  • Hypervigilance
  • Insomnia and nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Dysfunctional beliefs
  • Reliving bad events
  • Avoiding people or situations that are triggers
  • Loss of trust in other people and the world
  • Emotional numbing
  • Heightened startle response

Clinical trials have shown that Emotional Freedom Technique can eliminate the symptoms of PTSD. For more information, please click here: https://efttraining.org/psychological-trauma/ and https://efttraining.org/psychological-trauma/

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