FIRST OF ALL, WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA?

At different points in our lives we may have experienced trauma. Sometimes this trauma continues to plague us in different ways, interfering with the quality of our lives and/or with our daily functioning. It is as though our brain gets stuck in the trauma and can't process it; can't "move on". If this is happening to you, the good news is you don't have to continue suffering. There are many professional resources available that can help you in trauma recovery.

The emotional disturbance that characterizes trauma has its roots in experiences of upsetting,distressful or life-threatening events. Trauma can have a very powerful presentation, such as with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This kind of trauma is often referred to as "Big T" trauma. With "Big T" trauma a person can experience flashbacks, nightmares, hypervigilance, high anxiety, and avoidance of situations for fear of triggering symptoms. These symptoms are further described by following this link.http://www.psychiatry.org/ptsd.

But you don't necessarily have to be diagnosed with PTSD to have the ongoing emotional disturbances of trauma. You may have been traumatized by other life events, resulting in "little t trauma". This type of trauma includes all of the upsetting life events that may prove difficult to handle (for example verbal abuse, bullying, neglect, a prolonged estrangement, a difficult adjustment period - to name a few). If a person is somehow unable to process these events in adaptive ways, they may also experience a great deal of psychological damage that impacts their health, their relationships, careers, and overall quality of life.

 Can psychological trauma be cured?


Trauma treatment cannot erase the memories that you have from the original traumatic experiences. However the hopeful news is that while you may always have the memories of trauma, they don't have to control you like they may be controlling you, now. The goal of trauma treatment is not to forget what happened to you. Rather, the goal of trauma treatment is to make your life, including your everyday experiences as well as significant life events, less stressful and less disturbing. This allows you to have a better quality of life, and enables you to return to a healthier level of daily functioning and of life satisfaction.


What treatment options are available to help me recover from trauma?

Treatment options can include, but are not limited to, medication and counseling. Medications for trauma symptoms are administered by qualified doctors, often psychiatrists. While medication may be a helpful way to get relief from the symptoms of trauma, you may also benefit from counseling approaches that deal specifically with trauma recovery. One such form of trauma treatment is called EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING, or EMDR Therapy. This form of trauma treatment has been very successful for treating both "big T" and "little T" trauma. As an Approved EMDR Consultant, not only do I provide EMDR to my clients with a high level of knowledge of this form of therapy, I also train other therapists to become EMDR therapists.

EMDR Therapy can help you to by "resetting" your system at a brain level, allowing your brain to clear out the disturbances that are usually caused when your trauma is being triggered. You won't forget the incidents that caused the trauma in the first place, but these life events won't create the same level of disturbance anymore. EMDR may be a very effective way of treating your experiences of trauma, as it has been for many of my clients.




Please  contact me to learn how you may benefit by this form of trauma treatment.
For current or potential clients who are considering EMDR therapy, the following links may be helpful:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/can-eye-movements-treat-trauma/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWnj9QQbD8c
http://brainworldmagazine.com/how-emdr-therapy-opens-a-window-to-the-brain/
http://consults.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/02/the-evidence-on-e-m-d-r/
http://www.thepermanentejournal.org/issues/2014/winter/5626-emdr.html