Loss of sense of future? Shame and worthlessness? Nightmares or flashback? Hypervigilance or Mistrust? Emotional overwhelm? Little or no memories? Chronic pain?
Trauma symptoms are not always apparent.
Some people may be living with trauma, but don’t have any obvious physical manifestations of their distress such as anxiety attacks or depressive episodes. As a result, they are able to mask the inner turmoil they are facing but suffering internally.
According to the world trauma expert, Judith Herman, “Working with victimized people requires a committed moral stance. The therapist is called upon to bear witness to a crime. She must affirm a position of solidarity with the victim. This does not mean a simplistic notion that the victim can do no wrong; rather, it involves an understanding of the fundamental injustice of the traumatic experience and the need for a resolution that restores some sense of justice.”
I use EMDR therapy to help my clients who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to heal from their wounds in a safe, non-oppressive environment.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. After successful treatment with EMDR therapy, affective distress is relieved, negative beliefs are reformulated, and physiological arousal is reduced.