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Trauma: Something Bad Has Happened To Me

"Trauma is not what happens to you - it's what happens inside of you.” – Gabor Mate

Appalachian Stream
Have you ever had something happen to you that has left you so scared, angry, confused, or sad that it has changed who you are and how you act? Traumatic events can take many forms- a toxic relationship, sexual assault, a medical procedure, a car accident, being yelled at constantly, exposure to racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, or other forms of discrimination, witnessing a family member struggling with mental health or substance use, and many more. We live in a society that constantly challenges and questions the validity of our experiences. Maybe you have tried to open up about what has happened to you, and you’ve been met with: “Are you sure that really happened? Maybe you’re remembering it wrong. Why didn’t you do something in the moment- what’s wrong with you? It probably wasn’t that bad. You just have to suck it up and move on. You were asking for it.” Or, maybe these are things you have told yourself.

There are real reasons that our bodies and brains change when traumatic things happen to us. This can take many shapes and forms, including:                                                                                                       

Distressing thoughts or memories about what happened to you that you can’t control or escape, no matter what you’ve tried.

Feeling constantly on edge or like you have to look over your shoulder to check for danger, even if you are in a place you know is safe.

Nightmares about what happened to you, or lots of dreams filled with fear.                                                                                   

Not being able to trust or connect with other people, even though you want to.                                                                             

Believing what happened to you is your fault.                                                                                                                                         

Checking out from your body, especially when you feel unsafe- you go through the motions, but you feel like you are somewhere else.
You are not doomed to live in fear, sadness, confusion, and anger because of what has happened to you. You can reclaim your joy, your sense of self, your ability to trust, and your confidence. It is possible to recover what was taken from you, and I can help you get there- one session at a time.

Therapy for trauma can help you:                                                                                                                                 

Learn practical skills and tools to support your when you are triggered, shut down, or overwhelmed.                                       

Understand how trauma affects your brain and body.                                                                                                                          

Discover how to trust yourself (and others) on your own terms.                                                                                                         

Re-connect with your body.                                                                                                                                                                         

Re-engage in activities or relationships that have felt too painful to go near.                                                                                   

If you are ready to take a step towards reclaiming your life, your body, and your mind, contact me today to see if we are a good fit.

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1294 Savannah Drive Sylva Suite 3 NC 28779

Sylva North Carolina

1294 Savannah Drive 
Suite 3
Sylva NC 28779

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