Trauma can take many forms. It can include major life events such as rape, sexual or physical abuse, neglect, witnessing a catastrophic event, or suffering years of verbal abuse. Alternately, trauma can be less intense but chronic, continually reinforcing beliefs such as “I’m not good enough”, “I’m worthless”, “I’m powerless”, or “I have no control”. When distressing or traumatic events occur, the memories are stored in the brain differently than memories of non-traumatic experiences. Because of this, the components of traumatic memories (images, sounds, smells, touch, taste, thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and beliefs) seem timeless and are often re-experienced by sufferers as if they are happening right now. Such is the case with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), where the individual experiences intrusive recollections of the traumatic event. This re-traumatization feels devastating and can significantly disrupt a person’s day to day functioning and feeling of well-being.
Imagine being free from the pain and reaching a place of inner peace.
Trauma therapy is delicate work that requires the development of safety and adaptive coping. The initial phases of treatment focus on building resources and effective coping skills. Only then can a person feel safe enough to tap into the past to explore its impact on current functioning. There are two particular approaches that I favor when dealing with trauma and PTSD. The first is EvTFT, which utilizes the principles of Applied Kinesiology and meridian points to diagnose and treat trauma (as well as a host of other issues). The second is EMDR, a comprehensive treatment that facilitates the reprocessing of disturbing memories, altering the emotional and cognitive experiences of upsetting events. Then, you can truly let go of the past and experience genuine healing.
"Throughout my life I was exposed to verbal, physical, and sexual abuse, which left me feeling insecure and overwhelmed, and obsessing over my thoughts. Elana helped me learn skills I could use to manage from day to day. Then she suggested EMDR and although I was skeptical at first, it helped me to reprocess memories, images, and feelings without reliving each experience painfully. Now I can trust again, feel stable and in control of my life, and am just having so much fun feeling confident. I’m finally looking forward to having a happy future!” -M.L.