Trauma moves in and out of our collective consciousness. Often preferred in the background. Other times undeniably in the foreground.
Often associated with war, domestic abuse and other violent events, trauma can also result from other incidents, which are often diminished. People can feel overwhelmed by what are commonly thought of as everyday events impacting both individuals and communities alike: automobile accidents, routine invasive medical procedures, grief, loss, sexual and/or physical assault, natural disasters, ongoing corrosive stressors of fear and conflict among other potentially threatening circumstances. Becoming traumatized may result from feeling overwhelmed in relation to a single incident, or through the accumulation of stress over time. The events on their own do not cause trauma.
Trauma develops when a person’s body, psyche and nervous system fail to respond and adequately process adverse events. The effects of trauma can be long-lasting and pervasive.
I am committed to supporting people suffering as a result of trauma to live with greater ease, choices, meaning, presence and vitality. What I love about working with people to recover from trauma is the awe-inspiring power of life energy. In each individual there is an unstoppable, indestructible aliveness that remains untarnished by the difficult, horrific and tragic events that people endure and survive. I revere this source of aliveness, which is inherently wise, whole and healing.
“Providing physical and emotional communication at a level far deeper than words, touch is a vital aspect of experiencing meaning, purpose and joy throughout our lives.”—Michael C. Changaris, PsyD,Touch
For anyone exposed to chronic stress at an early age, treating medical/health issues in isolation is not enough. Addressing the root cause—trauma and the stress response is fundamental.