“What happens to you matters less than how you make sense of what happens to you.”
Dr. Dan Siegel
The above quote by Dr. Siegel, professor, researcher, and expert on attachment, highlights how our interpretation of an event can cause a greater psychological effect, than the actual event. His research on trauma and attachment has been used to help many people overcome their traumatic histories and gain a healthy, balanced life.
We don’t process trauma the same way we process normal memories. Because traumatic moments are so emotionally intense the logical part of our brain gets bypassed so we can react quickly and think later.
When we experience trauma the development of our brain is physically affected. Our brain gets wired for fear and hypervigilance, making it difficult for us to self soothe and trust others. Often people believe it is only the significant trauma moments, or"Big T's", such as: car accidents, childhood abuse, loss of a job, or infidelity. But "little t's," such as: emotional abuse, bullying, a breakup from a significant partner, and conflicts within relationships can also impact us. Over time these "little t's" can have just as profound an impact on us, causing low self-worth, anxiety, depression, and addiction.
Our COLLECTIVE group of therapists are highly trained to help you regain your sense of worth and help you live a more balanced and fulfilling life.
Many of our therapists are trained in a process called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), this is a highly effective treatment to help people resolve the trauma in their lives. Our brain and our bodies are miraculous, they know how to heal on their own. But sometimes things get in the way of our healing. Much like a thorn stuck in a wound will fester and keep the wound from healing, trauma can get "stuck" within our brain causing us to feel the continual pain from the event. EMDR is a process that helps our brains to let go of that "stuck" experience.
More than 30 positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR therapy. Some of the studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions. Another study, funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions.
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