Trauma Recovery

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Trauma means a wound, a mark left on the soul, whether it’s as noticeable as an amputation or as subtle as a thousand little paper cuts.

While seemingly minor, each cut contributes to the larger narrative of pain and healing. It underscores the significance of acknowledging and addressing the impact, no matter how seemingly insignificant, and highlights the importance of compassion and understanding in recovery.

Trauma impacts your mind, body, and spirit.

An event may have shaken your feeling of safety, physically or emotionally. There is a lingering, low-grade anxiety that tags along in every part of your life and relationships. It seems like your past has a hold on your present and future.

It might seem like your nervous system is in control, not vice versa. You get easily overwhelmed with stress, anxiety, panic attacks, or nightmares. Instead of feeling relaxed and resolved, you often find yourself stuck with lingering anger, fear, and frustration.

Living like this has probably messed with your relationships. Feeling insecure, you might dodge social stuff and get emotionally honest. Or maybe you’re just used to keeping your distance to avoid hurt. Everything feels like a threat, so you’re stuck with your guard up, wondering when you’ll feel safe and sound again.

No matter what you’ve been through, trauma is like a wound – it doesn’t care about your age, gender, race, who you love, how much money you have, or what you do for a living. If you don’t deal with it, those traumatic responses can sneak up and start taking over your mind and body.

792805105Trauma expressions take various forms.

What might be mildly distressing to you may be perceived as traumatic by another.

You may have experienced acute, singular events or incidents that overwhelmed your nervous system. This feeling of being overwhelmed could result from things like a natural disaster, a car accident, sexual assault, acts of violence, the sudden loss of a loved one, or a catastrophic illness.

Chronic trauma, which can stem from ongoing, is a painful experience that no one should have to go through. Such experiences may involve enduring situations like abuse, neglect, bullying, military deployment, exposure to racism or other stigmatizations, dealing with chronic pain, ongoing health problems, or even incarceration.

Clients seek my support due to many types of experiences.

Some have attachment wounds from childhood, often linked to their sense of security with a parent or caregiver. Others may have experienced any form of abuse or neglect, been in a car accident or natural disaster, or need overall crisis intervention.

Illness, divorce, grief, shame, trauma from birth, or perinatal or postpartum issues are other sources of trauma my clients experience. Some are experiencing the effects of trauma, such as flashbacks, trouble concentrating, and sleep issues, including nightmares, anxiety, phobias, and panic attacks.

I also work with individuals dealing with occupational trauma – First Responders, fellow counselors, or those in ministry. I’m here for those in jobs that bring on severe stress, where you are the one often stepping up for crucial medical, emotional, or spiritual interventions. Surprisingly, even with your training in trauma and distress, we’re more prone to getting hit with compassion fatigue and work-related burnout.

1440878933Overcoming these challenges is possible.

Your perception of the event is the primary factor. If you see the occurrence as having been threatening in any way and felt a sense of helplessness at the time, then it was a traumatic experience for you.

You internalize a story, no matter the cost, be that anxiety, fear, survival, or disconnected from others. You concluded, “I am not worthy, I am weak, it is not that bad,” or maybe something like, “I am too much, I am over dramatic.” Instead, I invite you to get curious and validate where this came from. Often, this is what was heard or told.

It is not a matter of willpower or “trying harder.” Instead of curiosity, you pay close attention to what you can do – it offers relicense and effectiveness for the long term. Constantly pushing into sickness, burning ourselves out, and pushing into anxiety and depression keeps us stuck. Try differently. There is a different way to be in the world.

As we start working together, many of my clients discover great value in understanding their nervous system and how trauma has impacted it. This understanding becomes a foundation for establishing a sense of safety in your body. Our collaboration will focus on strengthening your resilience and capacity to handle uncomfortable emotions and sensations. Then, we will work on addressing the traumatic memories hindering your progress.

I have the tools to help you overcome your trauma.

We will use methods like EMDR, Somatic approaches, and Brainspotting to tackle and treat your trauma. Together, we’ll navigate through it so you can genuinely know and feel it’s in the past. You’ll reach a point where those memories don’t overwhelm you anymore and don’t hold you back.

As they navigate this process, my clients often share that they feel empowered and self-confident, have a more realistic perspective of their history, and feel more connected to the people around them.

It is possible to have your life unburdened by your past, seeing the world through a more positive lens. Imagine feeling confident and at ease in your skin, shedding habits that no longer serve you. Envision stronger, more secure connections in your relationships. Picture feeling genuinely safe in the world around you, infused with a fresh energy and passion for life.

Contact me if you are ready to reduce emotional reactivity and make decisions based on confidence rather than fear. You can call me at (512) 661-2912 or complete the form below.