When I work with clients who have experienced trauma I first want establish a sense of safety, grounding and awareness, before beginning to process the traumatic experience. Sometimes this can be a frustrating process but I have experienced first hand that people can live more productive and intentional lives after they have healed from the effects the trauma has had on their bodies and their minds. My intention when working with you is to serve as a guide for your healing and to provide you with a safe place where you can begin the journey toward a more balanced and peaceful life.
Trauma stems from feeling overwhelming fear and helplessness during experiences that were life threatening or were perceived as life threatening. The event can be experienced one time for instance, natural disasters, car accidents, witnessing someone being killed, or the events could have persisted over a long period of time as is the case in childhood abuse. The person’s response to the event must involve intense fear, helplessness and disorganized or agitated behavior.
Trauma that is prolonged, begins early in life and is inter relational in nature is a far more complex type of trauma. Chronic abuse and an extreme failure in caretaking have real and devastating effects on a person’s development.
Sometimes what occurs after the traumatic event is what is currently called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The following are some of the symptoms:
|Feelings of Terror||Increased heart rate||Flashbacks|
|Feelings of Hopelessness||Elevated blood pressure||Hyper-vigilance|
|Feelings of Helplessness||Hyperventilation||Difficulty concentrating|
|Feelings of Detachment||Extreme startle response||Restricted range of affect|
It is possible to heal from the devastating effects of trauma. It takes commitment to oneself, commitment to life and commitment to the hope of leading a more balanced and peaceful life.
Transformation is the possibility. It may not come as fast as you would like it to and it may seem daunting but there is hope on the other side of healing.
We have to face the pain we have been running from. In fact, we need to learn to rest in it and let its searing power transform us.
Charlotte Joko Beck