Moving past trauma
You are NOT what happened to you
If you’ve been suffering from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), there are treatments available that are known to be successful, such as EMDR (read more about EMDR here>>).
There are also many different forms of trauma that don’t fit into a “neat” diagnosis like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But traumatic events like abuse or even workplace bullying has similar symptoms to PTSD, and can be enormously emotionally disturbing.
Regardless of the type of trauma you’ve been through, it is possible to rediscover who you really are—beneath the wounds.
“Big T” and “Little T”
Different types of trauma
Sometimes, a major individual trauma can stay with us for a long time after it occurs. Other traumas are “smaller” events that happen repeatedly, and they shape how we think about ourselves and the people in our lives.
Many times people are easily able to recognize the bigger, more obvious traumas, but it’s important to address the smaller traumas as well.
How childhood trauma affects us
Understanding it is the first step
When someone experiences trauma as a child, they develop certain behaviors to try and cope with that disturbance.
But those defensive behaviors can become automated and unconscious, so they stay in place long after the trauma has occurred. And those automated behaviors aren’t optimal in other contexts of life as an adult.
Getting to the root of these difficulties and finding a way to clear them out can make it easier to remove obstacles and move through life more effectively.