Trauma and PTSD

Trauma can be big or small, physical, mental or emotional, remembered for forgotten. Many people have difficulties in life that stem from emotional, psychological or physical trauma. Unresolved trauma of all types can cause PTSD. I specialize in clearing all types of trauma.

Emotional and Psychological Trauma

Emotional or psychological trauma can be experienced at anytime in a person’s life, and on some level at some time, occurs in everyone’s life. It can be the result of physical, emotional or mental abuse, or it can be caused by a traumatic event, such as an accident. It can be short lasting and we are able to move on with our lives, or trauma can deeply affect us, and it can have serious long-standing effects.

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Trauma stays with us and keeps us on an emotional roller coaster until we get help.

If you have had a traumatic experience, you may be struggling in life or in your relationships. You might often feel overwhelmed, scared or have upsetting emotions. Or you might have an overactive mental mind, be compulsive or have anger issues. Sometimes you might feel numb or disconnected, or might try to numb yourself with food, drugs or alcohol. Everyone reacts differently. If it happened early in life, you may not know anything different and just feel confused, anxious or vulnerable.

When bad and hurtful things happen, it can become hard to trust people. It may be difficult to seek help or receive love and care. It can take time to get over the pain and feel safe again. But with the right treatment, support and therapy you can recover, heal and move forward with your life.

I do this work because I deeply care. I have been there. I know how painful and difficult it is. I also know how to transform and heal trauma and have helped many people heal and move forward with their lives. It is not as difficult and complicated as many people believe.

What Causes Trauma and PTSD?

Trauma can be caused by one time events such as an accident or a violent attack. Or it can be from ongoing abuse or a highly stressful situation. It does not have to be physical. Sometimes negative emotional situations, especially ongoing ones, can cause the greatest trauma and PTSD.

Unresolved childhood trauma makes a person more susceptible to emotional and psychological trauma as adults.

Any situation that makes you feel overwhelmed, fearful or alone can be traumatizing. It does not matter what other people think or how they would have reacted. It does not matter what the objective facts are. It matters how you subjectively reacted and how you personally were affected by the situation, be it a one time event or an ongoing situation.

Causes of childhood trauma can be:

  • Separation from a parent or Divorce
  • Domestic Violence or Excessive Arguing
  • Neglect
  • Bullying
  • Sexual, Physical or Verbal Abuse
  • Ridicule and Humiliation
  • Unstable or Chaotic Environment
  • Parents with Drug or Alcohol Addictions
  • Severe Medical or Health Conditions
  • Invasive Surgery or Medical Procedures

We can be traumatized as an adult by:

  • The Sudden Death of a Loved One
  • A Car Accident
  • Sport Injuries
  • Relationship Breakups
  • Deeply Humiliating Experiences
  • Abusive Partners
  • Sexual Abuse or Rape
  • Being told you have a Life-Threatening Illness

Emotional and psychological symptoms may include:

  • Anxiety and Fear
  • Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Lack of Energy or Care for Life
  • Anger, Mood Swings, Irritability
  • Often feeling Sad or Hopeless
  • Isolating or Withdrawing from others
  • Feeling Numb or Dissociated
  • Feeling excessive Guilt, Shame, or Self-Blame

Possible physical symptoms of trauma:

  • Insomnia and Sleep Disorders
  • Frequent or Chronic Health Problems
  • Fatigue
  • Poor Concentration or Memory
  • Muscle Tension, Aches and Pains
  • Being Startled Easily
  • Excessive Anxiety or Sweating
  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Heart Conditions

It is important to seek professional help for emotional, physical or psychological trauma

Recovering from trauma can take time and is different for everyone. If your symptoms are continuing, it is wise to seek professional help from a trauma expert if you are experiencing the following:

  • You are experiencing high stress, anxiety or chaos in your life
  • You are avoiding things or people that remind you of the traumatic events
  • You are using alcohol or drugs to forget, numb or feel better
  • Your sleep is disturbed or you are having nightmares
  • You are suffering from depression or feel closed down
  • You are avoiding friends or family
  • You are having trouble forming close or satisfying relationships
  • You just don’t feel yourself, or are irritable and dissatisfied with life

Finding a therapist to help you heal from emotional or psychological trauma:

  • Find someone who understands you and is experienced healing trauma
  • Be sure you feel comfortable with the therapist
  • Be sure you feel like they treat you with compassion and respect
  • Ask yourself: Can I trust this therapist and can they help me recover my life?

Trauma treatment should include:

  • Processing traumatic feelings and memories in a safe way that feels empowering
  • Releasing and letting go of trauma-related pain, ending “fight or flight” reactions
  • Reconnecting to your body and sense of safety and peace
  • Rebuilding your trust of people, and building healthy relationships
  • Creating a joyful and successful life

I suffered many years from PTSD, You Don’t Have To

I personally suffered from significant trauma in childhood and severe trauma and PTSD later in my adult life. My success in helping clients overcome trauma and PTSD is based not only on my professional education and training, but on my own past trauma and PTSD, and my healing journey in overcoming it.

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Having PTSD can be a very isolating and lonely experience.

In childhood I experienced significant emotional, mental and physical abuse. It was ongoing and pervasive throughout my childhood. By my teenage years and well up into adulthood, I suffered from severe anxiety, depression and PTSD.

In my twenties I sought some psychotherapy, and I worked with a number of different holistic and alternative practitioners, though it was not until much later in life that I was able to heal completely, after I experienced further significant trauma as an adult.

My own healing journey was highly educational. I have experienced thousands of hours of psychotherapy, counseling, coaching, energy-work, spiritual, alternative and holistic approaches to healing. I then studied the methods that I found the most helpful, so I could benefit other people.

I don’t want you to waste your time

Working with cases of major trauma is not easy and many therapists are not comfortable with it, nor have the skills. I certainly experienced this in the times I was seeking therapy for myself. As a therapist, I have a gift and years of experience healing trauma, anxiety and depression.

“With Timothy’s help I’ve been able to permanently clear years of anguish, sadness and fear. Timothy supports me all along the way and helps me out of stuck areas in a gentle and focused way.” ~ Carol

I want people to know what works and what does not. I have made it my life’s mission to help others heal from what is blocking and limiting their lives. We all have far more potential, love and creativity than we know. I want to help you unleash your potential so you can live a wonderful life.

My Approach to Healing Trauma and PTSD

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With therapy you can experience more ease and joy in life.

There is no ‘one method’, because every client is so different. I use various therapy and healing approaches, matching what works best with each individual client. The most effective methods work by integrating the mind and body. My approach is always compassionate and safe, always deeply listening to, supporting, and respecting my client’s needs. There is a link below to learn more about my approaches to therapy.

 

If you would like to know more about how I can help you, or to schedule a session, visit my Contact Page. There you will find different options for contacting me.

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What are my approaches to therapy? Click here to find out.

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