Trauma is different for every person, there is no one size fits all. It can occur after you, or even someone you are close to, experiences a life altering situation. After the experience, life may seem to be more difficult in lots of areas. Trust may be something you no longer have, safety seems uncertain, and you may feel like you have to always be on guard. Behaviors then shift to not wanting to go out, wanting to isolate, avoiding things that reminds you of the trauma, and even a lack of joy or positive emotions. These may be normal reactions to trauma, but they do not have to continue to a normal part of your life. Different therapy approaches can help you to process the life altering event, explore what impact it had on you, and how to continue to life your best life. I am trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), with a structured 12 sessions approach to work towards getting past your "stuck points" and into a more balanced view on life.
I am also an EMDR therapist. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes!