What I’m learning about trauma, in my own personal work as well as work with my clients, is that everything comes down to trauma. It’s common that when people think of trauma they think of people who have been in a war, or other really intense life experiences like murder, fire, etc. But everyone experiences trauma on some level. So it’s not relevant to compare, everyone’s trauma is unique and valid.
Here’s a brief explanation of trauma: Trauma is when a negative experience makes a lasting imprint on a person’s psyche. So, throughout a lifetime these imprints have an affect on a person. For example, say when you were 5 years old a neighbor or sibling was particularly hurtful to you. You remember it still. That has an affect on you. Take a moment and reflect on some of the hurtful things that have happened to you in your lifetime. See how it feels to think of those memories, stay with it and breathe deeply, very deeply.
The point of trauma work is to bring to consciousness those painful experiences so that they can move and be healed. Otherwise the traumas stay in your body, you continue to build defenses to protect them and you close your Self off from living in your full potential. You can see how imperative it is to heal your trauma.
Currently I am using an amalgamation of breathwork, psychodynamic and Diamond Approach techniques to heal trauma in my clients and having all positive results. I’m also an EMDR specialist.