After an event that overloads our ability to cope and restricts our access to internal resources, we may experience trauma symptoms. Often after a single incident, these symptoms resolve themselves within about a month, as our brains naturally lead toward healing; however, experiencing multiple traumas in life (at any age) can have lasting effects. Common symptoms of trauma include: re-experiencing the trauma in forms of flashbacks, disturbing memories, or nightmares; difficulty sleeping; changes in appetite; avoiding things, people, and places that remind you of the traumatic event; difficulty experiencing positive emotions; feeling detached from others and even oneself; lack of interest in things one previously enjoyed; persistent negative emotional state (fear, shame, horror, anger, guilt, etc.); difficulty concentrating; increased startle response; feeling on edge and the need to watch surroundings; and more.
Therapy for trauma can help resolve troublesome symptoms, help you access the resources inside of yourself, and begin to reconnect not only with yourself but to the world around you. Over time, through various techniques, and most importantly, the therapeutic relationship, healing can occur, giving you the opportunity to get back to your authentic Self, or learning for the first time who your authentic Self truly is.