- Have you experienced an unanticipated event that was exceptionally shocking or painful?
- Have you witnessed or been exposed to a situation that has left you unusually fearful or anxious?
- Have you found yourself operating out of fear? Have you felt paralyzed in your decisions, but you aren’t even sure why?
- Do you struggle to move on from an unpleasant experience but somehow can’t, no matter how hard you try?
Trauma and complex trauma, deeply disturbing experiences that leave a multi-layered and deep-rooted residue, can leave you feeling debilitated – tired, mentally exhausted, indecisive, unsure, paralyzed, anxious. How does trauma rewire the brain? Trauma can occur at any age and any developmental stage and even affects you physiologically A trauma could be surviving an an auto accident, an assault, a rape, war, a natural disaster, terrorism (all what we call “big T” trauma) or perhaps a combination of what we refer to as smaller (or “little T”) traumas such as bullying, social rejection, a shattered dream, or emotional or physical abuse. Covid 19 is no exception. Whether you’re a frontline worker, have lost a loved one, or had your world turned upside down, Covid has penetrated our psyche. More or less, trauma is anything we perceive as a loss. Very often, you may not even recognize how an experience from the past has had a lasting impact, but somehow when triggered the past once again becomes the present and the unhealed mind’s illogical thinking takes over, permeating your thoughts and behaviors. We find ourselves missing out on the very life we have right before us. If you suffer from PTSD or trauma, know that it is possible to make sense of the emotions and to learn how to use your body to keep your brain working clearly. You can lessen the fear, shock, anxiety, or anger that the seemingly indelible impressions left behind and instead move forward with your life. Additionally, I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming). Understand that your confidential time with me is your place to be messy, to let it go, to say the “unsayable”, to find calm again. I am unshockable. Release the mind, stop the playbacks, and shove the fear and anxiety off this roller coaster ride so that you regain hope, peace and control of your life. You can return to a life worth living, and even one full of joy and happiness. Let’s make that happen.