You've likely heard of Post-Traumatic Stress, but have you ever heard of Post-Traumatic Growth?
What if we told you that it might be possible to find something positive in a traumatic experience?
Most people have experienced some sort of trauma. We call them “little ‘t’ traumas” and “big ‘T’ traumas.” A little “t” trauma may have been being called a name that hurt your self-esteem and has stuck with you all of your life. A big “T” trauma may be abuse, a death, violence, or other threatening event. We all can suffer in big and small ways from trauma. You may live in fear and experience feelings of panic on a daily basis, or it may affect you on a deeper, subconscious level, where you are not even aware of its impact on your self-esteem, relationships, and happiness.
The wound of trauma often lies deep in the body, ready to explode with certain triggers, movements, or memories of the event. A trauma survivor often feels hijacked by his or her own body, unable to control or escape the “residue” left behind from the trauma. You may hear a sound or experience a certain touch or smell, and find that your body and mind are suddenly reacting in a state of panic. You may even be able to tell yourself that you are safe, but your body reacts as if you were in the past, re-experiencing the event all over again.
Trauma affects the entire being – the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Yet it is common to seek only traditional talk therapy to heal, which neglects the physical, mind/body connection that is commonly experienced with trauma. People may continue to suffer with symptoms of traumatic stress with little to no relief. This is why I treat people on many levels, in order to make sure that you find healing on many levels.
Here at Trilogy, we help trauma survivors heal in two ways. First, we help your brain and body heal from the effects of trauma. Then, we help you create new meaning in your experience so that you can thrive. Healing, and even Post-Traumatic Growth is possible. We get to the core of trauma using somatic, mind-body therapies, including EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and other body focused approaches.
It doesn't negate the suffering that trauma can cause, and not everyone can experience a feeling of growth from a trauma. But through therapy, some people can find a sense of resilience, strength, connection to others, and greater meaning in their suffering.
If you've experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, such as an accident, domestic violence, combat, sexual abuse, a death, or something that deeply frightened you, you may be experiencing some of the following symptoms:
disturbing memories of what happened
frequent “daydreams” or thoughts you can’t seem to control related to the trauma
experiences that make you feel like you’re experiencing the trauma again, or “flashbacks”
anxiety, worry, fear, or phobias
physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomachaches, racing heart, sweating, or a feeling of panic
avoidance of people, places, or things that might remind you of the trauma
inability to “shake” negative feelings about an event
“dissociation,” which makes you feel like you’re disconnected from your body or reality, or feeling like you are floating outside of your body
These are many of the common symptoms shared by people who have experienced some sort of traumatic event or witnessed a trauma. You may wonder if you’ll ever be able to feel better. There is hope for healing.
We can help you identify the triggers that remind you of the trauma and understand how your body reacts to these memories. Through effective trauma therapy that is focused on healing the mental, physical, and emotional wounds of trauma, you can learn to cope with these symptoms.
Are you a post 9/11 military veteran who is struggling with the effects of trauma?
Do you feel like you're not getting the help you need, or maybe you're afraid to seek treatment outside of your military benefits? Trilogy is a clinical partner with an organization called Headstrong. We offer FREE & CONFIDENTIAL therapy WITHOUT THE RED TAPE to help veterans like you truly heal from the wounds of war.
You can apply to the program in a very brief, easy, confidential application process. Contact us for details.
Are you ready to heal?