BIG “T” TRAUMA

WHAT IS BIG “T” TRAUMA?
Big “T” traumas are events that people typically associate with PTSD however not all individuals develop PTSD. Big “T” trauma/s occur when an individual is either the victim of or witness to an event that threatened death or bodily harm to the victim themself or others. Big “T” trauma/s also include any event/s that result in overwhelming fear, helplessness or horror. Psychological trauma such as verbal and emotional abuse are also Big “T” traumas. For example, a child’s whose parent is verbally threatening demeaning or humiliating. Examples of big “T” trauma include:

childhood sexual abuse
childhood physical abuse
childhood verbal/emotional abuse
childhood neglect
rape
combat trauma
urban violence
domestic violence
car accident
terminal illness
surgery
robbery
natural disasters
assault
life threatening accident
witnessing death or near fatal trauma
near death experience

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF BIG “T” TRAUMA?
Survivors of big “T” trauma may experience anxiety panic attacks, sexual dysfunction, flashbacks, PTSD symptoms, body memories, hallucinations, depression,dissociation , irritability, angry outbursts feelings of hopelessness and powerlessness. Others experience feeling numb, having lapses in time they are unable to account for, feeling as if they are living in a dream state or out of their body. Survivors often feel stuck and destined to relive the event or live in its’ aftermath. Some victims feel they have been changed forever and will never be the same again.

Trauma studies consistently identify that traumatic events are recorded and neurologically imprinted upon the the human brain and within the human body. I call this a “trauma network”. Anything reminiscent of events, conscious or unconscious, trips a neurological wire of a person’s trauma network and all the negative emotions, thoughts, and body sensations are experienced in the present in a very real way. This is why individuals often feel haunted by their trauma/s or haunted by their past.

Relationships with colleagues, friends and loved ones can become strained or broken. People will frequently develop substance or behavioral addictions. Unfortunately, some individuals can become suicidal while trying to escape the painful raw feelings caused by the traumatic event/s.

HOW I CAN HELP
In therapy individuals address their trauma on an emotional, physical, thought and behavioral level because all of these were present during the traumatic event/s. Links are made between how one physically feels, thinks and behaves, differently subsequent to the traumatic event/s. Clients learn that the trauma is now over and how to change the way they coped.

Please call me to begin the healing process from your traumatic experience/s.