Trauma is an event or events that overwhelm an individuals ability to cope.
Changes due to trauma include anxiety, hyper-vigilance, nightmares, difficulty with relationships, challenges with emotional regulation, and self esteem issues.
We now understand that it is not necessary to relive the trauma we had in our past to release it. Re-living trauma can be re-traumatizing. This is an old model which should be used rarely and with great caution. Healing happens faster in other ways. What brain science now tells us is that the leading edge of all psycho therapy and especially trauma is mindfulness. Being compassionate and non-judgemental of ourselves and our experiences, taking time to ground ourselves to the present with breathing and acceptance are powerful techniques that are proven to work. Other techniques specific to healing trauma responses include creating safety, learning to relax, body work such as massage, swimming, yoga and breath work, distress tolerance, social bonding, and accessing your creativity. Each person is unique, and will need to approach their own healing in their own way.
I am certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional with the International Association of Trauma Professionals. If you are still disturbed by something that has happened in your past and/or have trauma responses that are interfering with your life please see the resources below or call or email to book an appointment.
This book combines three different approaches to healing trauma in a simple, effective workbook style to help you get engaged and moving towards feeling better quickly and effectively.
Yoga shows good promise as a powerful adjunct to healing trauma and as a treatment, has been shown to be as effective as medication for PTSD. This book outlines how you can use bodywork to heal not just your heart but also the body, where traumatic memories are stored.