Healing from Trauma

Healing from Trauma

People can heal from trauma. Whether you’re on the path of emotional trauma recovery or trying to treat psychological or physical trauma, it can be achieved. 
After you have gone through a traumatic experience your body pumps out stress hormones that affect the way you think and feel.  This may make you feel unsafe, agitated, frazzled or shut down. 

When looking for a trauma counsellor or starting the journey to healing from physical, emotional or post traumatic experiences, it’s important to know what the right kind of help is. If you want to recover from ptsd, childhood trauma, or recent events that are taking a toll on your ability to function with yourself and others, then you’ve taken the right step to recovering.
 I will work with you to help reset those parts of the brain that create a sense of fear and helplessness.  Together we will develop strategies and skills to support your ability to feel safe and positive. 
The number one priority is that you feel understood and safe. In this environment, you can begin to focus your attention on what you are experiencing in your body.  The knowledge we have about trauma has expanded over the last twenty years.  We now understand how the brain is affected. When we are unable to integrate or problem solve the situation it can lead to zoning out or feeling stuck in your life, relationships or work.  Gaining new insights can make a big difference in helping you move forward.
Trauma doesn’t just affect an individual but also impacts the people around us like our partners, children and other family members, work colleagues, and friends.  Feeling trapped in a cycle of reactivity or closed off from the world leads to feelings of discouragement and disconnect.
Our work together will assist you to gain some distance from your overwhelming experience(s) and begin the process of creating new healthy experiences.   Traumatic events are stored in your nervous system, so for this reason an approach that focuses on both talking and body awareness is most effective in the healing of trauma.  Mindfulness is also useful in shifting attention and interrupting habitual patterns of thought and behavior.  Triggers in our environment can cause activation of memories that can occur in the form of physical sensations which in turn produce emotions of terror and helplessness. Learning how to manage physical sensations is a part of effective treatment for trauma.
As you develop new insights into your life and begin to heal it is possible to experience,
-feeling more confident 
-a sense of control returns
-awareness of choices and options
-responding not reacting to situations
-Improvement in your relationship

When we connect to our emotions and who we are as individuals we become aware of the difference between our emotions and our rational thoughts. We begin to live in the present not in the past or in the future.  We can talk about our overwhelming experience as a story, without re-living it as if it is currently happening. Trauma counselling and learning how to recover from physical trauma or emotional trauma can improve the quality of your life and your connections to others.