Trauma can come in a variety of forms, they can be single-incident, chronic, childhood attachment or complex trauma. Trauma can dramatically change the way you experience life and it does not have to be that way.
Trauma can be difficult to address on your our own as our brain tends to relive and loop through the most distressing part of the traumatic event. It can become difficult to feel a sense of safety and be able to work through these memories and symptoms without help. As therapists, we work with clients to create a sense of safety and help them process the traumatic events with EMDR.
Some examples of single instance trauma:
Death of a loved one
- Serious injury
- Automobile accident
- Surviving a natural disaster
- Other single events that have left a lasting impression on you that had been hard to move past
ATTACHMENT AND COMPLEX TRAUMAS
Complex traumas are an accumulation of traumas repeated over a period of time. Complex & attachment traumas can significantly shape how you relate to the world, who you are and how you react and form relationships with others.
Repeated exposure to trauma can create deep personal wounds that could require a different and more specialized approach.
My role as a therapist is to take on that burden and overwhelming feeling of not knowing what to do and use my clinical skills to work together to guide you in the right path.
+ How childhood experiences can impact complex trauma
Repeated traumatic childhood experiences can often carry a emotional heaviness that follows us as we grow.
Children need to feel loved by their parents, they are sensitive to their parents perception of them and overly critical parents can leave their children questioning whether they are lovable.
We can love our parents and at times reflect back on our childhood feeling like we had unmet childhood needs or resentment for how we were treated.
On the other hand, it is common try to manage our feelings by minimizing our experience, you tell yourself that you should just be able to “get over it” by now, it was “not that bad”, or your parents are “different now”. These are common misconceptions about the serious impact that adverse childhood experiences can have on us.
Whether you are wanting to address complex trauma in general or complex trauma related to childhood events, it can feel overwhelming to think about how to address such long standing traumatic events.
Some examples of Chronic trauma and Attachment traumas:
- Verbal, emotional, or spiritual abuse
- Molestation and sexual abuse
- Abusive domestic relationships
- Acrimonious divorce
- Absent or neglectful parents
- Unmet childhood needs
- Sex work / prostitution
- Ongoing experiences that you have not been able to heal from
- Chronic problems in relationships
- Fear of intimacy
- Sabotaging relationships
- Chronic infidelity
- Mood swings
- Fear of abandonment
- Difficulty managing emotions
- Difficulty feeling emotions