What is it?

Trauma refers to extreme stress that overwhelms a person’s ability to cope.  

the experience of an event or enduring condition in which a person’s ability to integrate their emotional experience is overwhelmed or they subjectively experience a threat to their life, body integrity, or their sanity.   

Trauma can include the response to a one-time incident like an accident, natural disaster, crime, surgery, deaths and other violent events.

 

 It also includes responses to chronic or repetitive experiences such as child abuse, neglect, combat, urban violence, concentration camps, enduring deprivation, domestic violence and battering relationships.

According to the American Psychological Association (APA) Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical.

 

Longer-term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. Psychologists and Mental Health professionals can help affected individuals find constructive ways of managing their emotions.

Psychological trauma is . . . 

Recovery generally means less intrusive post traumatic affects and acquiring the ability to live in the present without being overwhelmed by the thoughts and feelings of the past.

EMDR is an innovative therapy that helps people reduce the occurrence of flashbacks, nightmares, unwelcomed and negative thoughts. EMDR has been used with great success with people suffering from unresolved trauma, as well as, posttraumatic stress.

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Central to the experience of trauma is helplessness, isolation and the loss of power and control. The guiding principles of trauma recovery are restoring the sense of control, individual empowerment and the sense of safety.  

Recovery is the primary goal for people who have

experienced trauma.

Recovery does not necessarily mean complete freedom from post-traumatic affects.  

 

Recovery is an individual experience and will be and look different for everyone.

 

In general recovery is the ability to live in the present without being overwhelmed by the thoughts and feelings

of the past.

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 Empowerment

Safety

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