UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA

It is difficult to identify how trauma shows up in our lives. Unexpectedly, our sense of self can be deterred. Trauma can play an integral role in the lack of identity and self worth that effects our daily living. When we hear the word trauma, we often associate it with a form of physical damage. Sadly, trauma comes in many forms and can include:

 

  • psychological abuse

  • physical abuse

  • family of origin dysfunction

  • natural disasters

  • sexual trauma

  • automotive accidents

  • accidental medical injuries

  • death of loved one

  • multiple surgeries

  • hospitalizations

  • receiving inadequate care by medical providers

  • violence

  • vicarious trauma (being exposed to someone else's trauma) 

The manner in which we respond to trauma varies greatly. Several factors play a role in how we respond to trauma. Much of this insight is developed while in Therapy. Some of us have acted out in self-harm while others have caused harm to those around us. Often, we compartmentalize our feelings and unintentionally end up creating fractured relationships with those closest to us. Far too often, we ignore what we know is broken. In therapy, you will learn how to go back to step-one and undo the damage to regain a sense of balance.

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