Trauma

While some people have the intrinsic ability to process traumatic experiences, most don’t. Those whose experiences are overwhelmingly upsetting often need to disassociate, suppress their thoughts and feelings, or develop other unhealthy coping mechanisms in order to maintain a psychological balance. They may also experience physical pain, weight gain, self-soothe with food, quire a health condition, or develop an eating or exercising disorder. If this has happened to you, do not blame yourself. These reactions to trauma are understandable and at one time, may have been helpful. Only now, these thoughts, feelings and behaviors have become a roadblock to your BeYOUtiful life. We can help you better navigate these challenges.

 

 

Overview

Trauma is an intense, sudden, uncontrollable, unpredictable negative event such as:

  • abandonment
  • betrayal
  • child abuse or neglect
  • emergency worker exposure to trauma
  • emotional abuse
  • experiencing a natural disaster
  • fire and burns
  • intentional violence that involves high numbers of injuries or causalities (not in the context of war)
  • intimate partner violence
  • large-scale transportation accidents
  • life-threatening medical conditions
  • motor vehicle accidents
  • rape and sexual assault
  • sex trafficking
  • stranger physical assault
  • a threat to bodily integrity
  • torture
  • war
  • witnessing violence or being confronted with the homicide or suicide of another person

Trauma affects not only your emotional health, but your physical health in ways like:

  • attention and memory issues
  • chronic pelvic pain
  • cortisol (stress hormone) abnormalities
  • disordered eating
  • early trauma can include memories recorded throughout your body and your brain (including your brain stem) as implicit or somatic memory
  • gastrointestinal disorders
  • greater blood pressure reactions to stress
  • higher body fat percentages  
  • impairments of the immune system
  • increased risk of fibromyalgia and musculoskeletal disease 
  • increased risk of back pain, hypertension
  • increased risk of lung disease, cancer, and stroke
  • insomnia
  • medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, thyroid disease, and heart disease
  • nervous system diseases
  • reproductive issues
  • sexual problems

These overwhelming feelings can result in:

  • becoming isolated from others
  • becoming anxious, depressed, or both
  • continued stress after the traumatic event
  • experiencing emotional numbing
  • feelings of anger or aggression
  • the formation of unhealthy attachments
  • self-injury behaviors
  • substance abuse
  • sensation seeking

When you have survived one or more traumatic experiences, you may:

  • become "triggered" by memories, smells, or events that remind you of the traumatic event
  • begin to perceive situations as out of control
  • experience anxiety surrounding positive attention or intimacy
  • experience revictimization (when a victim of interpersonal trauma experiences being victimized again)
  • fear unexpected change
  • feel threatened
  • feel vulnerable or ashamed

You may also have adopted health risk behaviors in an effort to ease the pain of trauma like:

  • smoking
  • food binging
  • physical inactivity
  • suicide attempts
  • alcoholism and/or other drug abuse
 
 

 

Our Approach

Our overall approach to working with survivors of trauma is respectful, shows positive regard, and is open and compassionate. We know that you are doing the best you can. And, while no one can predict the future, we believe the combination of psychotherapy and personal training will reframe your trauma as a challenge, your pain as (at least in part) awareness and growth, and your future as an opportunity.

 

 
You have the right to a present and a future that are not completely dominated and dictated by your past.
— K. Saakvitne