What is Trauma?
A trauma is an overwhelming event, resulting in a range of distressing symptoms such as jumpiness, flashbacks, loss of confidence, wariness, anxiety, and emotional volatility, nightmares, or spacing-out. While time often provides healing, this is not always the case. Untreated trauma can lead to anxiety, depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), ComplexPTSD,
Causes of Trauma
Any overwhelming event can cause trauma. Traumatic events may include:
- Natural disasters (e.g. Christchurch Earthquake)
- Motor vehicle or other accidents
- Physical assault, domestic violence, war, murder, imprisonment, etc.
- Sexual assault, rape or childhood abuse
- Childhood trauma (premature birth, serious illness, loss or separation from parents, neglect, abuse. etc.)
- Prolonged emotional or mental abuse
- Serious illness or surgery
- C PTSD – long-term exposure to emotional trauma over which a victim has little or no control and from which there is little or no hope of escape, such as in cases of: domestic emotional, physical or sexual abuse, neglect
Trauma causes a number of changes in the brain that can be tracked using various forms of scanning techniques. When we use an Integrated Therapy approach of Mindful Therapy and Energy psychology techniques, we begin to change the relationship to the experience/s from the past or present, bringing focus and awareness to our experience. By letting go of judgement and struggle to the experience, it will allow new neural pathways to develop, a rich neural network that offers the possibility of profound change.