Unresolved trauma can haunt us and disrupt various areas of our lives. As adults, we may attempt to forget or gloss over the past. We may think, “My childhood wasn’t that bad” or “Many people had it worse than I did.” We don’t realize that these old wounds can have all kinds of physical and psychological effects. Certain events may involuntarily trigger reactions in us that we haven’t thought about in years: guilt, shame, fear, or anger sourcing from early in our lives.
Attachment research suggests that it isn’t just what happens to us that affects us and our relationships. We’re also affected by the extent to which we haven’t been able to feel the full pain and make sense of our experiences. When we don’t deal with our trauma or make sense of our story, we carry it with us (past becomes present). Trauma can impact our lives in countless invisible ways. It influences how we parent, how we relate to our partner, how we feel, think, and operate in the world.
Although our instinct may be to bury the past, minimize, or avoid our pain, feeling the feeling of what happened to us can actually lead to healing. It can help us separate our early experiences from the present day and identify the negative overlays these experiences have on our current lives, including our physical health and relationships.
We offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy) to help resolve past, present, and future events that are affecting your life. For more information about EMDR and its benefits, please visit: https://www.emdria.org/about-emdr-therapy
EMDR is life-changing! Are you ready to begin your journey? Schedule a free consultation to learn more.