Traumatic experiences can either be real events or be a threat of potential events that can be trauamtic. It is the perception of the event that decides whether an event is traumatic.

Exemples are:
  • - Violence or threats of violence
  • - Sexual abuse and violence, i.e rape
  • - Emotional abuse and/or abandonment by for example a caregiver.
  • - Physically and emotionally abusive relationships.
  • - Accidents, natural disasters car accidents.

The result of experiences such as these is often a sense of loss of control, manifesting in powerlessness and helplessness. If the trauamtic experiences are on-going, such as in abusive relationships, it often leaves the person feeling as if walking on egg shells, with on-going anxiety, depression and lack of safety. Our mind and body become focused on detecting, defending and protecting against potential threats. It becomes more difficult to experience a sense of normalcy in daily life, with relationships and work.
Traumatic experiences can create deep wounds in our psyche. There are ways to reduce the effect of these experiences. Talktherapy, mindfulness, EMDR are all methods for helping to process traumatic and challenging events. I will be glad to support you in this process.
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