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Integrative Healing Trauma Program

The origin of the word ‘trauma’ is the Greek for ‘wound’. Trauma is a wound...

Trauma is a psychic wound that hardens you psychologically that then interferes with your ability to grow and develop. It pains you and now you’re acting out of pain. It induces fear and now you’re acting out of fear. So without knowing it, your whole life is regulated by fear and pain that you’re trying to escape from in various ways. Trauma is not what happens to you; it’s what happens inside you as a result of what happened to you. Trauma is that scarring that makes you less flexible, more rigid, less feeling and more defended.

Traumatizing Events are:

1) Perceived as a threat to the person’s physical survival.

2) Overwhelming their coping capacity, producing a sense of powerlessness.

3) Producing a feeling of isolation and aloneness.

4) Violating their expectations: any occurrence which, when we think back on it or when it is triggered by some present event, evokes difficult emotions and/or physical symptoms or sensations, gives rise to negative beliefs, desires, fantasies, compulsions, obsessions, addictions or dissociation, blocks the development of positive qualities and spiritual connection and fractures human wholeness.

Especially when we talk about the link between trauma and disease, I think what's important to remember is that situational trauma- sexual abuse, wars, criminal violence, household substance abuse, in other words the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) are not the only kind of trauma.

Developmental traumas, like growing up with a controlling parent, are just as traumatizing and more insidious.

Ask us about our Integrative Healing Trauma Program