What is Trauma Resolution?
Trauma can be caused by any kind of stress that impacts your life. There may be a subtle disturbance which you may not recognize. Or there may be major difficulty interfering in your attempt to live an enjoyable life.
Some traumas may be due to losses in your life and others to a shattering event. Some may have involved physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, and some may involve rape or domestic violence.
Some events may have happened in the past and some may have occurred recently. Some traumas may be a buildup of small traumas like unkind words and disgusted looks which stay with you and influence your present day feelings and behavior.
My trauma work involves the following: an evaluation of safety, both physical and emotional, skill building and education to remedy deficits, trauma resolution, and reconnection with society.
The following example is a case study.
A thirty-eight year old woman had been in therapy almost a decade because of experiencing incest by a brother in her preteen years. She experienced nightly nightmares concerning the incest which kept her up for hours. She had worked for about ten years until the nightmares she had been experiencing increased and prevented her from getting any rest. Then she was unable to perform her job and was fired.
She was interested in trying EMDR, and after an evaluation of its suitability for her, we began preparation for EMDR. She lived alone, enjoyed a support system of friends, was physically safe and had developed some skill in managing her emotions so she could return to sleep. She identified a lack of confidence which was rebuilt with EMDR, and trauma resolution was then accomplished with the aid of EMDR.
In the first year she processed the nightmares and began
sleeping almost every night. If she did have a nightmare, she was able to
return to sleep more easily. In the second year she learned work skills and is