At any stage in our lives, we can be confronted with a traumatic experience that is, at the time, beyond our ability to emotionally process and put behind us. We may not be able to move on until we have come to terms with the impact of the trauma.
Trauma can occur at any age. Some examples of traumatic experiences are:
- Sudden death of a loved one
- Sudden loss of significant relationship
- Faced with a terminal illness
- Caught in the destruction caused by a natural disaster
- Impact of a serious accident / disability
- Victim of violence / sexual assault
- Impact of war – as a member of the armed forces or a civilian
- An event that brought you to the brink of death (NDE)
- First-hand witness to a traumatic event
Child specific trauma may include:
- Loss of a parent or sibling
- Violence / sexual abuse
- Dramatic, sudden change of environment that impacts security and wellbeing
- Serious illness / painful medical procedures
The effects of trauma
Children are particularly vulnerable to trauma, and the effects of such experiences tend to continue on into adulthood until the experience is carefully processed.
Even in adulthood, experiencing trauma can disrupt our sense of security, our self-confidence, our meaning of life, our identity. Our family and friends may struggle to know how to help us. We may find it difficult to reach out and we may isolate ourselves.
The effects of trauma may also include:
- Stress / Anxiety / Panic / on-edge
- Insomnia and nightmares
- Physical stress symptoms – muscle tension, irregular heart function
- Depression – feeling sad, powerless, hopeless
- Irritability and anger
- Being frequently confused, distracted and disorientated
- Shame, self-condemnation, guilt
- We may turn to alcohol or other substances to try to cope
Post Traumatic Stress
We may try to put the trauma behind us, but the memories and/or the effects of the experience may return years later to plague our minds in the form of post traumatic stress.
Trauma can be Overcome
There is a common lack of awareness of our ability to heal and overcome trauma, including PTSD, to the point where it no longer restricts our lives. Initial treatments such as the various anti-depressant medications can be helpful, and even a life-saver, but the therapy should not end there. There is a potential within our consciousness that can overcome any adversity. So don't give up on your quest to be fully healed. The answers that you are looking for ARE available.
With the right approach and skilled guidance from an experienced mentor or counsellor/therapist, any trauma can be healed and overcome. Even though it is hard to comprehend at first, the healing process can help you to grow stronger and more resilient. Increased self-confidence can grow from the wisdom gained through overcoming trauma.
As an experienced deep trauma therapist, I can offer you a healing process that is safe, nurturing, educative, and empowering. I am aware of the depths and complexities of trauma and the different ways it can affect different individuals.