TRAUMA 2017-04-10T22:38:45+00:00

What is Trauma?

Trauma is an extremely distressing experience that causes physical or emotional harm from which you cannot remove yourself. Trauma is subjective, meaning what matters most are the individual’s internal beliefs and their innate sensitivity to stress, not whether a family member, therapist or other outsider deems an experience traumatic.

What constitutes trauma?

  • Relational trauma (emotional, verbal, or sexual abuse; living with a narcissistic/borderline partner/family member; loss of a loved one)
  • Medical diagnoses or long-term illness
  • Physical accidents (such as car accidents, falls, etc.)
  • Natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, etc.)
  • Violence (victim of a crime, rape, assault, robbery, or witnessing of violence)
  • War (Combat or military experience)

What are the immediate effects of trauma?

  • Shock, including numbed emotions, questioning of perceptions, and / or memory disturbances
  • Denial (which helps reduce terror), helplessness, and fear of dying and / or being abandoned
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Numbness
  • Panic
  • Dissociation and / or feelings of unreality
  • Unwanted thoughts: Traumatic memories may intrude on everyday living and in dreams, leaving a person feeling out of control
  • Trouble sleeping
Trauma can result from growing up in an alcoholic or addicted home or any other environment where children are taught to bury their feelings. Although often overlooked, trauma lies at the heart of many types of addictions such as drug and alcohol, overeating, compulsive sexual behaviors and process addictions. Often people are not aware that they have developed addictions to cope with symptoms of trauma. To prevent further harm and guard against relapse, it is necessary to treat the underlying trauma and deliver integrated, multidisciplinary treatment that has proven effective in treating co-occurring disorders. Our clinicians are highly skilled at treating trauma, using methods that don’t overwhelm clients and that help to strengthen relapse prevention plans.
Trauma is described as a “stress that causes physical or emotional harm from which you cannot remove yourself.” Any situation that leaves a person feeling overwhelmed and alone can be traumatic, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It is not the objective facts that determine whether an event is traumatic, but one’s interpretation of the event. The more anxious, depressed or paralyzed a person feels, the more likely that person has been traumatized. Trauma can stem from abuse or neglect as well as other painful or frightening experiences such as a car accident, bullying, sudden life change or near death experience. Chronic trauma can cause PTSD, depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. There are many effective treatments for trauma. At Reconnect, we are trained in mind-body techniques that are proven and effective methods. See therapies for further information.

“Karol, you are a lifesaver. Thank you for saving me and helping me realize that life can be positive and amazing after enduring trauma. My life is so worth everything. I owe you so much. You are the reason I’m thriving in my life now. I can’t thank you enough for what you have done for me.”  — L.W., client

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