Few people realize how much trauma affects their lives. Unresolved trauma can result in fearfulness and anxiety, decreased tolerance for stress, depression, relationship problems, career problems, decreased physical health and a suppressed immune response. In many cases, untreated Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can leave a person totally disabled.
(Big T) trauma can be obvious, such as rape or having a friend die in one’s arms, or it can be more subtle (Little T) trauma, as manifested in the form of loss of those close to us, traumatic breakups, loss of pets, getting fired, accidents which affect one’s ability to do the things he/she loves, etc.
Traditional Treatment is Slow
The traditional approach to trauma has been to have people recount their experience over and over with a compassionate therapist until little or no distress remained, at least consciously. This process is very slow and very painful; no wonder so many people avoid doing trauma work!
Newer Methods Work Quickly and Effectively
Newer methods, such as EMDR and energy psychology, enable people to recover much more quickly and less painfully than through traditional approaches. Some of these, such as TAT and EFT, are being taught around the world for use in disaster situations and are providing relief for many people. Though only a handful of studies exist to date, energy psychology is proving to be a superior method for treating anxiety, which is the most prevalent symptom of PTSD.
Please keep in mind, that although with new methods trauma itself can often be treated quite rapidly, changing the underlying stories and behaviors around the original traumas often requires additional work. After doing my own trauma work, and treating many clients suffering from various forms of Big T and Little T traumas, I consider it a privilege to help you begin your own journey to recovery. Call today to schedule an appointment.