When you see the word “Trauma”, what comes to your mind? What is it doing to your emotions? Research found that over 70% of the world’s population will experience some form of trauma in their life time.
Trauma can come in different forms – different abuses in childhood, emotional neglect, natural disasters and most recently, the Covid-19 pandemic. It can happen to anyone – a child, an adult, a parent, a teacher, a frontline health worker …
For most people, they will not experience the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but for a small percentage of the population, they will find themselves grappling with flashbacks, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, difficulty in forming close relationships, difficulty focusing or dissociation.
The after effects of trauma are many but they do not have to be overwhelming. You can learn to manage them and slowly watch the effects decrease their control over you.
I am trained in Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment(TIST) founded by Dr. Janine Fisher. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing(EMDR) founded by Dr. Francine Shapiro.