WHAT IS LITTLE “T” TRAUMA?
The most recent trauma research now includes what is referred to in the trauma literature as little “t” trauma. These are chronic repetitive experiences over long periods of time that peck away little by little at a person’s self worth. I refer to little “t” trauma as concealed covert traumas because people do not typically identify these experiences as traumatic and there is nothing little about their devastating impact on people. The following are just a few examples of concealed covert trauma.
death of loved one
family mental illness
personal mental illness
emotional & verbal abuse in childhood
Trauma studies consistently identify that concealed covert 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 concealed traumatic 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.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF CONCEALED COVERT TRAUMA?
Individuals who have a history of concealed covert trauma will berate and shame themselves for not getting over something because “nothing bad ever happened to me”. Concealed covert traumas result in feelings of intense shame and people truly believe “I am not good enough, I don’t deserve, or I can’t”.
Victims of concealed covert traumas may become depressed, develop self sabotaging behaviors, panic disorders and chronic anxiety, become suicidal, live below their abilities, have a short fuse, experience flash backs, develop a behavioral or substance addiction, or feel as if they are out of their body. Sadly some also become suicidal. Any one of these effects of concealed covert traumas can negatively impact all of an individuals relationships including the one with themselves.
HOW I CAN HELP
In therapy clients learn how to identify the concealed covert traumas they have experienced growing up. Clients learn how the body wires concealed covert traumas and stores them in their bodies and minds. Therapy also addresses the negative beliefs and feelings victims truly believe and feel about themselves and are at the root of self sabotage and not living up to their potential. Treatment may include EMDR therapy (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) which is very effective in treating concealed covert traumas. In the end client’s learn how to step out of their box and begin living the life they always craved to live. Schedule an appointment to heal the bruised relationship with your “self” and in your relationships and to be who you truly are in the world.
Please contact me if you need help.