Is Past Trauma Preventing You From Living a Peaceful Life?
Are you considering Trauma Therapy?
Are you avoiding anything that could remind you of traumatic memories?
Are you lacking a life filled with pleasure and joy because you are so used to living in survival mode? Do you suffer from nightmares? Are you easily startled? Does it feel like the only way to ease your suffering is to distract and numb yourself?
You probably have a desire to feel connected to others but feel too afraid to get close. It makes sense that it feels safer to simply be alone and depend solely on yourself.
If this sounds like some of the feelings you experience then you may be suffering from past Trauma.
You May Be Wondering What is Trauma?
What Defines Trauma?
Renowned trauma expert Gabor Maté defines trauma as, “An inner injury, a lasting rupture or split with the self due to difficult or hurtful events. The word trauma has Greek origins and means wound. Trauma is a psychic wound that leaves a scar and an imprint in your nervous system, in your body, in your psyche, and then shows up in multiple ways that are not helpful to you later on. Trauma causes us to disconnect from ourselves, our sense of value, and from the present moment.”
You may question whether you have experienced Trauma.
Trauma can occur from a single incident, such as an accident or an assault, or as a series of prolonged events like chronic abuse or neglect. Trauma can impact individuals of any age including children, teens and adults. In response to trauma, children may engage in self-soothing behaviors like rocking, thumb sucking, excessive masturbation, or overeating. These survival adaptations may later progress into addictive behaviors used to numb emotional pain and provide comfort.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after many types of Traumatic Experiences. In the aftermath of traumatic stress, your brain and body involuntarily enter a heightened state of constant alertness, hypervigilance, and panic. It may feel as if your reactions are beyond your control and disproportionate to the current situation. However, these responses are understandable given all that has happened to you.
The Different Types of Trauma:
Complex Trauma is an accumulation of trauma that happened continually over time. This can include: chaotic and dysfunctional family life, neglect, abandonment, abuse, alcoholism, etc. Complex trauma can be harder to identify, and can have a long lasting effect.
Developmental Trauma is similar to complex trauma and can include abandonment, abuse or lack of consistent caregiving at various childhood developmental stages. As a child, you may have had little or no control over your environment. Maybe you became an emotional caregiver to a parental figure or a sibling at a young age.
Attachment Trauma can develop when early relationships between young children and their caregivers are disrupted, inconsistent, or lacking in nurturing and responsive care. These experiences can significantly impact your ability to form and maintain healthy relationships throughout your life and even direct who you choose to partner with even though these unhealthy relationships only perpetuate what you have already endured. You may have experienced early attachment disruptions with your primary caregivers, leaving lasting imprints on your ability to trust, connect, and feel truly seen.
Sexual Trauma: Experiencing sexual trauma can be an overwhelming and life-altering event. The effects of sexual trauma can permeate every aspect of your life, shaping your thoughts, emotions, and relationships. Sexual trauma refers to any non-consensual or unwanted sexual experiences that can deeply affect an individual’s physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological well-being. It can include incidents such as sexual assault, rape, childhood sexual abuse, harrassment, or any from of sexual violence. Sexual trauma can occur at any age, affecting people from diverse backgrounds and identities. Experiencing sexual trauma can lead to a range of reactions and emotions, and each individual's response is unique and valid.
At Highland Healing Center, we create a safe space where you can find validation and support. We recognize the challenges you face as a survivor, and we are here to walk alongside you as you navigate the path towards healing, resilience, and empowerment.
You can reclaim your life and return to your authentic self.
Trauma Therapy in Baton Rouge can help you heal from the past and reconnect to your authentic self and to others. We are here to help you recover from whatever you have been through.
No matter if you have experienced complex trauma, attachment trauma or sexual trauma, trauma of any kind can keep you from living the meaningful life you deserve to live. Reaching out for help can feel like a huge step especially when life feels like such a struggle. We are here to help you and want you to believe in the possibilities of healing.
How does Trauma Therapy Work?
During therapy you are free to share openly and honestly without fear of judgment. We provide a safe and accepting environment regardless of gender, cultural, spiritual or sexual orientation. In addition to providing a supportive environment, to ease your post traumatic symptoms, we can help you learn a new way of being in the world.
You may believe Trauma Therapy is your next step for deeper healing and you may still have questions…
Will I have to relive my trauma in sessions in order to heal?
During your Trauma Therapy sessions your therapist will gently guide you to uncover what you are ready to revisit. And revisiting does not mean reliving. The good news is that our bodies know how to heal from trauma and can release the stress and hurt without having to retell the story.
Usually feeling safe and accepted in a therapeutic relationship helps the healing begin. Then the process of bringing awareness to the thoughts or patterns keeping you stuck can unfold. Everyone is unique and we will honor your preferences and follow your cues.
How Will Therapy Help Improve My Personal Relationships?
It’s important when choosing a therapist that you find someone whom you can build a relationship with as the essence of individual Trauma Therapy is to co-create a rewarding, regulating, and bonding relationship. From here we will help you gain more insight about your other relationships.
Trauma Therapy takes courage — will it be worth it?
This is a common fear that addressing past trauma could “break” you. It’s absolutely normal to feel scared to work through your trauma. Our trained and sensitive therapists know that “slower is faster” when working through past trauma. We will always move at your pace. Most people make progress in the first 6 sessions and say that facing their fears was worth it as their day to day life is easier and their relationship with themselves and others improve significantly.