Trauma moves in and out of our collective consciousness. Often preferred in the background, while at other times, it is undeniably in the foreground.
Although trauma is often associated with war, domestic abuse and other violent events, trauma can also result from other incidents, frequently overlooked. In fact, an individual can feel overwhelmed by what are commonly considered everyday events: automobile accidents, routine medical procedures, sudden loss, sexual and/or physical assault, ongoing stressors of fear and conflict, among other potentially threatening circumstances. To emphasize, the events on their own do not cause trauma. In short, trauma can not only result from feeling overwhelmed in relation to a single incident, but also through the accumulation of stress over time.
Clients I work with often struggle from:
When a person’s body, psyche and nervous system fail to respond and adequately process adverse events, traumatic responses may develop. Whereas the effects of trauma can be long-lasting and pervasive.
In recent years, so many layers of trauma have re-surfaced in our global collective consciousness. Immigrants, refugees and descendants thereof, of course, have very different historical traumas and dilemmas to address than, for example, Black folk. On the whole, each journey of trauma healing is unique based on your individual life experiences, cultural and family dynamics – plus ancestral lineages, historical contexts and so much more…
Slowly, I will attempt to sort through these different layers with you, and find ways to highlight that resilience must be remembered as part of your intrinsic birthright. For every traumatic narrative, there is an equally important, concurrent life-affirming story also woven in.
Phases of trauma healing:
Urgency is a hallmark of traumatic responses.
Too much, too soon and not enough support are common markers of traumatic experiences.
While phases of treatment can be neatly outlined, however, healing from trauma is often not linear. Current stressors from life events may trigger stress responses, and therefore create too much instability to focus on past traumatic memories up front. Obviously, stabilization is essential, and will be our first pass of work together.
Somatic, trauma treatment is akin to homeopathy—a little at a time. Yet, slow sets the conditions for deep healing in trauma recovery.
Ultimately, I am committed to supporting those suffering as a result of trauma to live with greater ease, choices, meaning, presence and vitality. Without a doubt, what I love about supporting individuals to recover from trauma is the awe-inspiring power of life energy. Undeniably, in each individual there is an unstoppable, indestructible aliveness that remains untarnished in spite of the difficult, horrific and tragic events that so many of us endure and survive. To this end, I revere this source of aliveness, which is inherently wise, whole and healing.
—Tricia Hersey, Creator and Founder of The Nap Ministry, author of Rest Is Resistance
Somatically-attuned touch can support you to find greater ease as well as relief from constriction, pain and other symptoms as a result of trauma and chronic stress held in the body.
Gentle supportive touch combined with verbal dialogue increases awareness of yourself from the inside—where beliefs, memories, emotions etc. correspondingly can be processed at somatic levels.
On a case-by-case basis, our work together may eventually focus more on intentional, somatically-attuned, therapeutic touch to support the release of tensions and constriction patterns in the body. As a result, touch can support movements and impulses to reach natural completion on many levels: cellular, emotional, energetic, muscular, systemic, psychological and more. Moreover, therapeutic hands-on contact can be profoundly healing for many, and especially those who experienced traumatic events when very young.
—Michael C. Changaris, PsyD, author of Touch
Specifically, addressing the underlying traumatic stress with a trauma-informed professional will inevitably reduce symptoms and bring about more sustainable relief.
Rather than working to release muscles and tightness from the outside in, this gentle, therapeutic method of touch explicitly invites relief from the inside out.
Moreover, touch used in this way increases somatic awareness and greater connection with oneself. It is also an effective way to release shock and traumatic stress from the physiology, inviting the body’s intrinsic healing capacities to be restored. Finally, supporting the body’s organismic directive towards health provides deep, lasting and life-altering transformations.