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Freeing Yourself From Childhood Trauma Create a Coherent Narrative

Most of us have experienced some form of trauma in our development. We may have endured what mental health professionals refer to as a “big T Trauma” like abuse, serious loss, or a life-threatening experience, or we may have examples of “little t trauma” from events that weren’t life-threatening but caused emotional distress and altered our way of seeing ourselves, other people, and the world.

Childhood trauma of any kind can affect our relationships with others as well as our mental and physical health. No matter when the trauma occurred or what shape it took, the importance of making sense of the experience cannot be overstated.

The reason for this is that unresolved trauma haunts us in ways resolved trauma does not. Research shows that when we fail to process both large and small traumas, we can become stuck in our pain. Our trauma can impact our lives in all kinds of ways we don’t expect. It can cause us to feel alarmed and triggered in moments for reasons we don’t understand.

Trauma is unresolved when we did not get to process it either at the time it occurred or shortly after. Thus, there is a great deal of good that can come from taking a deep dive into our own story. So, how can we take steps to surface our memories and understand our trauma? Here are nine things I recommend when helping people to create a coherent narrative around their experiences.

Hypnotherapy for trauma is gentle, sensitive and caring. We understand that the events and experiences that have led you to us are likely to be very raw. Trauma Hypnotherapy works with you to release and clear the toxic and frightening messages. Treatment will depend on the symptoms you are experiencing as a result of the trauma. It may involve psychotherapy, medication, self-care, or a combination of these approaches. Treatments often focus on helping people integrate their emotional response to the trauma as well as addressing any resulting mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, or PTSD. Psychotherapy Treatment may also involve the use of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) to help people evaluate thoughts and feelings related to trauma and replace negative thinking with more realistic thoughts. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is another approach that utilizes elements of CBT combined with eye or body movements.

Beyond the initial emotional reactions during the event, those most likely to surface include anger, fear, sadness, shame, depression and tension along with nightmares and flashbacks. Trauma experiences can range from bullying, assault, abuse, humiliation, rejection, and abusive relationships. Medical procedures include childbirth and many other difficult experiences.


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