Trauma can be debilitating. It can paralyze us with flashbacks of what happened, cause us to re-evaluate our role in the memory, make us feel a sudden sense of overwhelmed-ness or dread, or have us reliving the moment over and over again. All of these responses are normal when we live an event that has been traumatizing and overwhelming. Staying trapped in the trauma triggers can be so disempowering, and can get in the way of living the lives we want to live. It can begin to impact work life, family, and relationships. As a Trained LifeSpan Integration therapist, using this neurobiological approach, I am able to free my clients from many of the trauma triggers so that they can begin to live their lives again unencumbered... all by relying upon the power of the brains ability to rewire itself. Similar to therapies like EMDR, Lifespan Integration helps people feel less anxious, decreases flashbacks, and helps the brain use its built in neuroplasticity to heal itself.
Losing someone can be a devastating event. It completely changes the landscape of our lives. The person may have died in some random way, some violent act, or without warning. And sometimes, with that loss, comes trauma.
Being a witness to a person's care in the healthcare system can sometimes lead to trauma. For those who never go into hospitals, medical care can feel sterile, or even objectifying. Everything around us feels foreign, and we often don't know how to navigate this strange environment where our loved one receives care. This experience, along with trying to be a support to that person in the hospital can lead to a trauma experience.