What Is Trauma?
Trauma is not the thing that happened, it is the effect left within us by our experiences.
(Dr Robert Scaer, The Trauma Spectrum).
The word ‘trauma’ is derived from the Greek term for ‘wound’. A trauma can be physical, usually treated by a doctor in hospital, or it can be psychological coming from frightening or distressing events. This may show up as a difficulty in coping or functioning normally following a particular event or experience. Most people who experience a potentially traumatic event will recover well with the help of family and friends and will not experience any long-term problems. If people do develop problems, those problems may appear directly after the traumatic event or they may not emerge until much later.
Symptoms of Trauma
Here are some questions that might help you to think that you or someone you know is suffering from a psychological trauma.
- Do you have a habit that is inhibiting you?
- Do you feel ‘not good enough’?
- Have you lost your self-esteem or confidence?
- Is there a past or present event that keeps triggering you to behave the way you do?
- Is there something troubling you that you can’t seem to put your fingers on?
- Do you get angry and don’t know why?
- Has your self-worth taken a dive?
- Is your addiction harming you?
There are a number of therapies available for sufferers of psychological trauma. Linda has found that Eye Movement Integration Therapy (EMIT) can be used on just about anything that has been troubling you and is not just limited to the symptoms listed above. Within a few sessions you can free yourself of those imaginary shackles that hold you back from being the person you are meant to be.
The EMIT therapy is fast and effective, and after the session it can take up to 72 hours for your mind and body to process the work that has been undertaken. EMIT focuses on retrieving events from your life that have made you feel, act, or think. These are the events that have been locked away in your subconscious mind and have caused you distress throughout your daily life.
How EMIT Works
If we cannot fight or flee, we freeze. Endorphins are released to manage pain and the mind dissociates from the body and from the experience. At this point, the trauma has overwhelmed our resources to cope and causes the mind/body/spirit to shut down.
When this happens, our memory of the event instead of being stored in words and stories, it is stored in the brain in fragmented pieces of images, thoughts, sounds, smells, physical sensations, and with highly charged emotions. Unfortunately, survivors of trauma are unable to talk about their experiences adding to their pain, loneliness and creating an environment where they find it difficult to connect with others.
During the session, bi-lateral eye movements and/or the use of Thera Tappers which pulse in your hands are used to stimulate the right and left hemisphere of the brain. This taps into the brain’s neural pathways. Unblocking the trauma by piecing those fragmented memories together while keeping the body calm so the trauma can be freed instead of being kept in constant torment and isolation.
Linda has been using this therapy for a number of years with her clients and has proven how effective this therapy is with referrals on an ongoing basis.
Call Linda on (02) 4359 1976 if you would like some help in dealing with your trauma.