Do you feel lost, angry or hopeless?
Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable or unsafe in your own skin?
Do you need alcohol, sugary foods or other substances to unwind at the end of the day?
Do you often feel a sense of dread, as if something bad is about to happen, but you don’t know what?
Do you experience shame, a sense of not being as good or deserving as much as other people?
Do you find it hard to go to sleep even when you are tired?
Do you sometimes feel like you are watching your life from the outside, like a movie, rather than really living it?
All of these things can be symptoms of unresolved trauma. Research has shown that trauma can play a major role in many psychological issues, including:
— Drug and alcohol abuse
— Overeating, anorexia and bulimia
— Social phobia and other anxiety issues
What is Trauma?
We experience trauma when we find ourselves in dangerous or threatening situations that we feel overwhelmed by. When we were small, we had much less of an ability to take care of ourselves and communicate our needs to others. Many of us carry trauma from childhood that stems from fear and abuse. The important thing to remember is that it doesn’t matter how “big” or “small” something was; what matters is how it affected us.
Many people who have experienced trauma judge and compare themselves to others. We tell ourselves that we do not deserve to feel the way we do because others have experienced worse things and seem to be doing okay. We need to accept our feelings without judgment, and allow ourselves the space to heal.
Trauma Recovery Feels Good!
Many people fear that they cannot recover from trauma without reliving past events. Modern trauma therapies focus on feeling positive emotions and building a sense of safety in our own bodies. If we decide to explore memories of traumatic events, we will do so only on your own terms, and with the intention of diffusing the intensity of these feelings.
Believe it or not, trauma therapy can be fun, and even playful. Our goal is to explore a new you, one that can appreciate the good things life has to offer.
If you would like to discuss how trauma therapy could be helpful for you, call 415-420-4464, below to schedule your first session. I look forward to meeting you!