If we were to define trauma, what would it be?
According to Beyond Blue – “Trauma touches our lives in many different ways; a serious accident, a physical assault, war, a natural disaster, sexual assault or abuse. It might affect you or those you love. These events can be traumatic as they cause a threat to your safety and/or the safety of others.”
As individuals, we all react differently to certain situations in our lives, and in turn we all have to cope with different symptoms and feelings associated with trauma. We wanted to discuss some of the key signs to be aware of before they can affect you on a deeper level.
What are the key signs of the body and mind dealing with trauma?
We sometimes assume that trauma can only affect us mentally, but there are many ways the effects can physically manifest themselves:
If you have any concerns about any of these signs and feel like they may relate to you, it might be time to seek experienced help to support you managing your journey.
At Haven Psychology we provide expert care during this process and one of the key methods we use to support you is called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.
What is Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an interactive technique which we use to help process the severity and intensity of the trauma.
During EMDR sessions, we help you process the event or experience in a managed environment while our trained clinicians directs your eye movements. This is done by tracking your eye movements, similar to that of REM sleep. As each set is completed, the memory tends to reduce in intensity until it becomes a neutral memory, rather than a relived experience.
This form of treatment can be very effective because recalling distressing events is often less emotionally upsetting when staying in the present time frame rather than the time of the experience. This allows you to process the memories or thoughts whilst reducing the strong body sensations and psychological response.
Over time, we have found this technique can minimise the impact that the memories or thoughts have on you, so that they are no longer as intrusive, as intense, or as unbearable.
If you feel we might be able to help you, contact us today for more information or to book in a session with one of our EMDR therapists.