Trauma is a loss of connection - to ourselves, our bodies, our families, others, and the world around us. This can often be hard to recognize, because it doesn't happen all at once. It can happen slowly, over time, and we adapt to these subtle changes sometimes without even noticing them.
These are the hidden effects of trauma, the ones most of us keep to ourselves. We may simply sense that we do not feel quite right, without ever becoming fully aware of what is taking place - the gradual diminishing of our self-esteem, self-confidence, feelings of well-being and connection to life and others.
Regardless what happened, trauma has three key elements:
- It was unexpected
- You were not prepared for it
- There was nothing you could do to stop it
Some of the symptoms you might be experiencing are:
- Emotional numbness
- Sleep problems
- Anger outbursts
- Substance abuse
- Challenges in maintaining relationships
- Flashbacks and nightmares
If you are struggling with some symptoms of a traumatic experience, you might benefit from meeting with me at my Surrey, BC office. Please call me at 778-549-6334 or click the link below to send me a message.