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When you experience a traumatic event, your body's defenses take effect and create a stress response, which may make you feel a variety of physical symptoms, behave differently and experience more intense emotions. Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world. Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away. It can also leave you feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. It’s not the objective circumstances that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized.

When suffering from the effects of trauma we may need more help over a longer period of time to heal. Initial reactions to trauma can include exhaustion, confusion, sadness, anxiety, agitation, numbness, dissociation, confusion, physical arousal, and blunted effect. Most responses are normal in that they affect most survivors and are socially acceptable, psychologically effective, and self-limited.

Trauma disrupts your body’s natural equilibrium, freezing you in a state of hyperarousal and fear. There are many things you can do to help identify and aid the body and mind in processing trauma. Exercise and movement for example can help release stress and repair your nervous system. Mindfulness and Yoga Nidra are examples of therapies that can aid the release of trauma as well as traditional talking therapies and CBT. We offer a wide range of such classes, courses and therapies.