Emotional, Physical, Sexual Abuse, and Other Traumas
Trauma refers to severely distressing life events that cause an overwhelming amount of stress to a person - mentally, emotionally and spiritually. While experiencing trauma a person feels that their body, sanity and life are in danger and there is little stability of ones world. During and after the incident a person may feel helpless, incredibly afraid. Trauma can be a one-time incident or a reoccurring experience, and can greatly impact or lives and personal functioning. The after-effects of trauma may include: persistently feeling unsafe, high anxiety, panic attacks, flashbacks, difficulties sleeping and eating, addictions and self-harming behaviours. Other effects of trauma can include feeling emotional numbness and the experience of ‘dissociation’ – not feel fully grounded or embodied within their present self.
Whether the experience is emotional abuse, physical abuse, mental abuse, sexual abuse, witnessing war or a natural disaster, coping with an illness or death, hospitalization, or any other destabilizing life event, psychotherapy can help you with healing unresolved trauma and it’s after effects. The therapeutic process assists in regulating and calming your nervous system, processing trauma memories and increasing integration of body, mind and spirit, so you can begin to feel safe again and regain a better life.
Psychotherapy can help people experiencing trauma:
- Process emotional memories and release the residue of trauma within the body, mind and spirit.
- Make sense of trauma related feelings and experiences, and manage reactions in day-to-day functioning.
- Learn healthy coping strategies for regulating and calming your body and mind.
- Increase your sense of presence and grounding and feel safe to ‘come home’ to yourself.
- Develop a positive relationship with your body and integrate disowned aspects of the self.
- Regain your sense of trust and safety in life.
If you are interested to learn more, Mitu MindBody would be happy to speak with you and address any of your questions and concerns.