THE effects of trauma can be devastating. As resilient as we are, certain traumatic events can leave traces long after the experience is over. Trauma can result from a single event or a period of events over time, such as natural disasters, accidents, sudden death of a love one, or to a victim of abuse.
There is often a struggle with the issue of lack of control regarding triggers, intrusive thoughts or flashbacks that causes involuntarily re-experiencing aspects of the traumatic event in a vivid and distressing way. The brain then acts to protect us as if the trauma is still happening by switching on the flight, fight or freeze response. Trauma changes how our brain works, imprinting the experiences on our nervous system and onto our body. Main goal of trauma work focuses on our resilience, and the ability to endure from overwhelming events, without underplaying the suffering experienced.