The Impact of Early Trauma on Life
anonymous Asks ...
I think I am still dealing with the after effects of a very scary attack that I witnessed when I was a small girl. I saw my mother getting very badly beaten when I was 5 and I can still recall the images of that horrible scene even today. Maybe this sounds absurd but I think that my trauma over that event has cast a shadow over my life since then. I was never as happy a child after that and I was always very anxious about my mom’s safety. Even today I think that that single event has made it hard for me to trust people enough to really get close and have normal relationships. I think I need to deal with this. I probably should have been in some kind of therapy 17 years ago but hopefully its still better late than never. What kind of therapy do I need so that I can get past this?
Loren Gelberg-Goff Says ...
I am sorry for what you experienced, and hope that you will find the therapy that is right for you so that you can let go of the hold that this event has had on you. You actually have a number of choices for therapeutic intervention that can prove to be helpful. It's not too late, it's the right time because now is when you are ready to make some changes in your life. If you're ready, then you have options... I'm listing some here, and you can call or e-mail me if you have any additional questions or concerns.
1. Talk therapy... It is helpful to talk about the events that you witnessed to get a different perspective... Your mother survived, which is a really good thing and what needs to be viewed as a strength... coming out victorious after an attack. Also through talk therapy you'll be able to explore the impact that this event has had and continues to have on your life. Learning to understand the beliefs that you adopted into your psyche and how to change them is a big part of your healing.
2. EMDR_ (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing ) this therapy has been shown to be very effective in healing past traumas and creating new and more positive behaviors going forward.
3. Hypnotherapy- very effective therapeutic intervention to heal the emotional trauma of past events. Hypnotherapy is very powerful in helping to heal your body, mind and spirit...
4. EFT (Emotional Freedom Therapy) also known as "tapping"... This is getting a lot of press lately, and many people find it very helpful in healing traumas and the ensuing habits and beliefs that come with it.
I offer talk therapy and hypnotherapy in my office. I hope that the above suggestions get you started in obtaining the help you need and deserve so that you can live your life truly empowered and fulfilled... I wish you all the best, Loren (www.wellfromwithin.com)