Healing Trauma and Embracing Your Life

Trauma clouds every aspect of your being. Leaving you either numb and shut down or agitated and on alert. Human life is stressful and traumatic. Most people have experienced a traumatic event or relationship that betrayed them.

What makes the difference is how you recover, and the kind of supports you have in your life.

When you experience trauma, abuse or neglect when you are young, the consequences run deep. You have fewer inner resources to deal with the impact, which can lead to unhealthy ways of dealing with the pain, such as addictions, self-harm, destructive relationships, isolation.

When we have safe and secure relationships, we can process traumatic experiences and restore our natural instincts.

Do you find that your reactions don’t make sense or seem out of proportion? This is because trauma binds your energy, leaving you frozen in the past, affecting how you respond now. When you release this energy, you can develop resilience, a deeper connection with yourself and others, and live more fully in the present.

At Turning Point Therapy we understand the importance of creating a safe and secure relationship with you, which is the foundation for trauma recovery. We provide therapy that addresses all aspects of mind and body.

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Types of Trauma You May be Struggling with

Most of you may understand trauma as those horrifying events where your life or someone else’s life is threatened. These might include;

  • Assault
  • Car Accidents
  • War
  • Witnessing violence
  • See someone die
  • Surgery/birth trauma
  • Natural Disaster
  • Sexual Assault/Child sexual abuse
  • Child abuse and neglect

Trauma is defined as any event that overwhelms your nervous system. Depending on your age and choices at the time, many experiences can be traumatic because they cause similar effects on your nervous system where we feel powerless, overwhelmed, or confused. Here are a few that you may not associate with having a traumatic effect.

  • End of relationship/friendship
  • Bullying
  • Victim of gossip
  • Victim of discrimination
  • Workplace stress, harassment, job loss
  • Moving or significant change in circumstances
  • Illness
  • Living with ongoing criticism and contempt

Trauma that goes unresolved can diminish your ability to deal with further stressful, traumatic events. This can lead to developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD.

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‘Convinced we are less than human, we strive to become more than human […] the black hole of shame is bottomless […] Unless shame is healed we will never be enough. […] we are left with the mad scramble of trying to fill the hole again. This is shame. Constantly, desperately trying to fill the hole that lies at our core with something, anything, rather than turn, face the hole, understand it, accept it, feel it and heal it.’
Bruce Lloyd.