Artwork I have made in order to process and respond to work with clients.
Trauma is the result of circumstances which overwhelm a person's ability to cope. This causes an instinctual trauma response in the body, mind, and spirit. This response, while useful in helping a person survive the traumatic experience or situation, can become harmful over the long term. These circumstances look different for each person, and the impact is unique to each person.
You are not alone
The aftermath of trauma often can feel isolating, confusing, or overwhelming. Seeking therapy is one of the best gifts you can give yourself; for many, it can be the first step in healing.
For survivors of trauma, it is often difficult to determine what is safe and what is not. The first goal in working with a therapist is to establish and recognize what safety looks like for you--and thus, what harm and danger look like for you.
Healing from trauma happens over time. But the aphorism that time heals all wounds is not enough; what matters what you do with that time. What healing looks like is different for each person, but generally, people have goals such as a reduction in symptoms which affect their daily life through processing and making meaning from the trauma.