Trauma is a term used to describe the experience the severe psychological distress that often results from living through an extremely stressful or disturbing event.
Living through a traumatic event undermines your sense of safety, sense of worth and ability to manage your feelings. It can leave you feeling numb, disconnected and unable to trust other people.
Big “T” trauma’s can occur after a serious accident, being the victim of violence, living through a natural disaster or war, or sudden unexpected loss.
Small “t” trauma can result from traumatic events experienced early in life, such as abuse, emotional neglect and disrupted attachment, which can often have big impact on one’s life.
Emotional & psychological symptoms of trauma include:
- Shock, denial, or disbelief.
- Confusion, difficulty concentrating.
- Anger, irritability, mood swings.
- Anxiety and fear.
- Guilt, shame, self-blame.
- Withdrawing from others.
- Feeling sad or hopeless.
- Feeling disconnected or numb.
Trauma can be treated successfully using various psychotherapeutic approaches.
Healing trauma can help you be at peace with the past, comfortable with your present and confident about your future.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and many other mental health problems.
EMDR Therapy was developed in the late eighties in the United States. It was first used to treat combat veterans with PTSD, but has quickly come to be useful in addressing symptoms associated with trauma and stress such as flashbacks, panic attacks, anxiety and phobias, worrying, over-reactive anger and depression.
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