Trauma has been defined in many ways but it is generally understood to be a single or repeating event that leaves a person feeling overpowered and helpless to stop or control a situation they are facing. An individuals resources are overwhelmed and in the aftermath they are left stunned and shaken, unsure of how to move forward. Untreated, traumas can lead to a person to experience PSTD or complex PSTD, which can cause an individual to be stuck reliving the traumatic event until it is processed properly within the brain.
Not many people go through life without experiencing trauma of some sort and far too often it is left alone with the individual never wanting to look at it again. Unfortunately, we know now that just because we are not looking at something consciously, that does not mean we are not unconsciously responding to it over and over again. Traumas can range from a sudden move that you were unprepared for, to the loss of a job, to witnessing the death of a loved one, or to sexual abuse. As hard as it may be, it is important to ones mental health to take the time to work through the impact of these events.
Numb or agitated feelings
Sudden bursts of anger
Excessive fear or anxiety
Nightmares or night terrors
Self-destructive behaviours (ie- reckless drug and alcohol use or sex)
Some signs you may be experiencing a trauma response:
(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
EMDR is the most evidence based trauma treatment to date. It has been shown to be the quickest and most effective way to process trauma. Processing is done using bilateral stimulation of the brain which aids in the reprocessing of traumatic events.
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Individual Counselling: $150/ Session