I offer trauma treatment therapy to Palm Beach County including Palm Beach and West Palm Beach. Trauma is an experience of overwhelm. It is when the body’s capacity to deal with an event is thwarted. It’s that simple. Can be a bike fall, traumatic birth, early attachment trauma such as adoption or loss or can be a motor vehicle accident, rape, incest, neglect or the experience or witnessing of violence. There is another way. Trauma does not have to be a life sentence!
What is Trauma and What are the Symptoms?
The Symptoms of Trauma are:
- Hyperarousal: Increased heartrate and respiratory rate, sweating, muscle tension, contriction of blood vessels, racing thoughts.
- Hypervigilance: Feeling “on guard” at all times, increased startle response, restlessness.
- Freeze Response: Feeling completely immobilized and powerless to act, numbness, loss of focus (“spacing out”), dissociation (a way of enduring painful experiences by disconnecting from the memories or: us feelings resulting from the event).
- Addictions: Use of substances or behaviors including drugs, alcohol, food, shopping, smoking, gambling, excessive exercise, feeling one cannot survive without a specific relationship as an attempt to cope with the feelings/event.
Which of the following most resembles you?
A Different Perspective on Trauma…
Trauma is not caused by the event itself, it is the person’s perception and capacity to respond; and their sense of safety and boundaries are breached. This is trauma.
When seeking help by a trained psychotherapist a client is usually asked the details of their “story”. Unknowingly, the therapist often puts the client at risk of retraumatization as heart rate and respiration increases, blood vessels begin to constrict to preserve oxygen for the “fight” and the client’s system is unable to differentiate between the actual event and the retelling of it.
This chronic sense of alertness or dysregulation often results in immune or endocrine problems such as chronic fatigue, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, neck and back problems and digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and chronic constipation, to name a few.