Trauma comes in many forms, and many people do not recognize that they are affected by it. In general terms, trauma can be defined as any event or experience that was frightening and unexpected, and that caused you to feel threatened, overwhelmed, and/or powerless. Obviously the severity can vary greatly within this definition, and similarly the impact that a trauma has on you will depend on many different factors.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the name given to a particular set of symptoms that result from trauma, and usually characterized by intrusive symptoms such as visual flashbacks, and difficulty in functioning normally. You may have experienced significant trauma without qualifying for this particular diagnosis.
One common symptom of some kind of trauma is anxiety. You may find it difficult to relax and feel safe in the world and with other people. Perhaps you have always felt uncomfortable in your own skin, for as long as you can remember, even though you cannot pinpoint a specific trauma that caused it. This is often because it was not one specific event, but rather a repeated experience in your history.
If fear, anxiety, or other symptoms of trauma and PTSD control you more than you'd like them to, take heart - it doesn't have to be this way forever. I can help you feel more grounded, and safe in both your body and your life. Understanding the physiology of trauma and anxiety can help, especially when combined with techniques and support to help you find your way to the other side. I use a variety of somatic tools for addressing trauma and anxiety. I also have training in OEI, an innovative trauma treatment derived from EMDR that has been found to be very effective at reducing overwhelming and distressing symptoms.
People are sometimes scared of seeking help for their trauma and anxiety symptoms, because they are worried that the therapy process will be overwhelming and re-triggering. My goal in our work together is to help you develop the tools you need to function the way you want to, and I will work with you to ensure that we do not move faster or deeper than is comfortable for you. Your sense of safety is my top priority.