There are three main types of trauma: Acute, Chronic, or Complex. Acute trauma results from a single incident. Chronic trauma is repeated and prolonged such as domestic violence or abuse. Complex trauma is exposure to varied and multiple traumatic events, often of an invasive, interpersonal nature. Sometimes people experience post traumatic responses to adverse childhood experiences, a single event or living as marginalized identities in our society. That is, some people experience trauma response by dealing with recurring microaggressions, discrimination, bullying from individuals, communities and macro aggressions such as systemic oppression. We need to consider the impact traumatic experiences have on our mind, body and overall experience as a human navigating uncertain and challenging times.
Common post traumatic experiences include:
One important key is to recognize that in spite of any traumatic experience you are here, you can heal, you are resilient. As therapists, we can help you map out ways to heal that works for you including post-traumatic with awareness of personal strength, appreciation for life, new possibilities in life, spiritual change, and relationships with others. Our integrative therapy tools include art therapy, movement therapy, mindfulness practices and tools to help you feel safe and strong in your body, stabilization for emotional and physical distress, breathing techniques to help you feel grounded and centered in the present as you navigate your healing journey. We also have amazing virtual trauma support groups available including topics of religious trauma, queer identity, diet culture and martial arts group for those interested in movement and processing without words.
“A Brave startling truth, we must confess that we are possible, we are the miraculous, the true wonder of this world.” -Maya Angelou
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