Trauma means “lack of cognitive narrative.” This means that oftentimes people don’t remember the exact moment trauma occurs. However, the body remembers, and often, trauma triggers can occur later. For example, when a traumatic event occurs, at first we think about how do we “fight” the threat. When we realize that we can’t fight, we “flee” the situation. When we realize that we can’t get away, we “freeze.” When the body is in the “freeze” stage for too long, the body starts preparing itself to shut down. When we shut down for too long, the body starts to think that we are going to die. That energy your body goes through during a traumatic event gets attached to parts of our bodies.
Whenever something happens in your daily life that echoes the narrative around your trauma, you may experience triggers. Triggers are your body’s natural defense mechanism to make sure that you do not repeat your traumatic experience(s). Triggers can look like hypervigilance, strong beliefs, and narratives, defensiveness, emotional flooding, etc.
Responding to triggers can be limiting in thriving in your life, however. As I often say, the mind is a great tool, but a terrible master. Meaning that sometimes our stories are not true and limit us from having corrective experiences.
My goal is to help you have clarity when it comes to your trauma. I want to give you the tools to not only survive but thrive in your life. With my trauma-informed lens, I will do my absolute best to make sure to not have retraumatizing occur. I have a background in Mindfulness which is a proven method to having tools to cope with trauma.
I also specialize with individuals who experience sexual trauma. Sexual Trauma can cause symptoms of disgust towards one’s body. Clients may dissociate from parts of their body, and struggle with touch, intimacy, sex, and sensory issues. Through mindfulness, informed trauma interventions, I can help your body adjust and move past traumatic experiences.
I am obtaining my certificate in Sex Therapy to continue to address issues of sexual trauma.
Want to learn more about working with me? I provide a free 20-minute consultation through Calendly. I look forward to speaking with you to help you on your journey to healing. Schedule with me today!