Trying To Leave Trauma in the Past?
Trauma is misunderstood. We often feel we should be able to “snap out of it” or “just get past” our memories of traumatic events and once the immediacy of the event has passed, guilt and shame can settle in, as a constant, unwelcome cling on. Trauma therapy treatment can help, but, unfortunately, many people think they can deal with it on their own.
The Brain and Trauma
What we can learn to understand is that our brain is handling the traumatic memories in a way that kept us safe in primitive times. While every individual’s response to trauma is different, depending on their age, past experience with trauma, and social support, one thing they share in common is the feeling or urgency to fight, freeze, or flight wherein the sympathetic nervous system tries to get us out of harm.
Why Does Trauma Stay With Us?
Once this response is activated, memories or reminders of the trauma can cause us to react in unhelpful ways long after we are safe and secure. This hyper-alertness can leave us feeling on edge and agitated, make it difficult to trust, and may deteriorate our relationships if left untreated.
When Traditional Therapy Doesn’t Work
Many trauma clients have tried traditional therapy treatment and have had some success with dealing with exposure to the trauma in a relaxing environment, but come to Spirit Lake Therapy feeling that there is still no closure or control in dealing with everyday reminders and daily life is frequently hampered. They may even develop anxiety and depressive disorders that appear unrelated to the original trauma but are also resistant to therapy until the trauma is resolved.
Why Spirit Lake Therapy?
We are grateful for our trauma therapy treatment training from the Traumatology Institute (www.traumatologyinstitute.com), because we are able to help people to not only heal from the emotional pain from trauma, but we are acutely aware of the need to spend time learning new skills to reconnect and relate to loved ones. Without taking this step in therapy the feelings of loss and separateness cannot be resolved completely and will continue to reappear during times of stress or when fear is triggered by reminders. If we have had early trauma from childhood that has been unresolved and then we face trauma or grief as an adult our reactions can appear more complex and be a little more difficult to understand because they appear out of proportion to the actual event. When we have an exaggerated response to stress or difficulty functioning in less than optimal conditions the old trauma may be wearing down our resistance and decreasing our ability to recharge and face life’s challenges in a positive way.
Trauma Exposure Is More Common Than People Think
More than a third of Canadians have suffered some kind of child abuse in their lives and that abuse has a strong correlation with mental disorders, according to a new national study touted to be the first of its kind in Canada.
The Canadian Medical Association Journal stated that 32% of Canadians had exposure to physical, sexual, or domestic violence as a child. When trauma has been the result of recurrent abuse in childhood we may have never learned to really attach and connect. We may have our guard up and this may hinder closeness leading us to feel deep seated loneliness that is cold to our very core.
Get Trauma Therapy Treatment Help, You’ll Be Glad You Did
When you take the step to call and learn to feel safe in our confidential trauma therapy treatment environment, we can help ease your pain and loneliness so that you can begin to trust others and enjoy your future. Call us now to set up an appointment at 877-718-4372, or use the blue scheduling tab at the bottom of the page.