Traumatic experiences at any stage of life can alter the way we experience ourselves, our loved ones, and our environment. You may have experienced an assault, abuse, accident or other disturbing event. You can experience what we call big “T” traumas that are catastrophic and small “t” traumas that may not result in PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) but do cause emotional damage. Small “t” traumas are what bring many people into counseling.
Trauma is a full body experience. We respond to trauma not only emotionally but our bodies respond as well. The body goes into a fight, flight or freeze posture to deal with the threat. We are designed to come back to a place of equilibrium when the threat is over however when the brain is overwhelmed, memories often get stuck and we relive the incident or continue to respond as if we are still experiencing the trauma.
For example, you may repeat a pattern of responding or relating to others that is unproductive, or find yourself overwhelmed and unable to move forward in a particular area of your life. Whether large or small, trauma affects us and it impacts people differently. EMDR can help restore calm, renew hope, and begin the journey to emotional healing.