I’m a trauma therapist in the Orlando area, specializing in young adults who’ve experienced emotional abuse.
It’s an event that causes significant emotional distress. What is emotional abuse? It’s repeated emotional traumas that build up, causing depression, anxiety, and complex trauma, or complex PTSD.
Our brains do not know the difference between emotional and physical danger. The brain perceives them both as threats, and your body responds by activating the Sympathetic Nervous System, or Fight or Flight mode. This releases chemicals, such as cortisol and adrenaline, which is excellent when you need to run away from a bear, but not so great when you’re trying to cope with emotions.
Most people have heard of and experienced Fight or Flight mode. This Sympathetic Nervous System response is what occurs when are emotionally triggered or physically in danger. Parasympathetic Nervous System is the opposite, and is called Rest and Digest mode.
Most people have experienced traumatic events in life. Most people are struggling to cope with these events. Over time, an inability to cope with life’s traumas leads to symptoms of anxiety, depression, and chronic stress or burnout.
Trauma therapy. Trauma therapy is a scientifically proven way to rewire the brain, creating new neural networks, the highways in the brain that allow information to travel freely. Trauma therapy is unique because it engages the brain and the body.
Trauma therapy reduces anxiety, alleviates depression, increases stress management, and improves relationships. It also improves your physical health as it lowers cortisol levels and decreases inflammation in the body.
Take my trauma quiz to learn more about specific life experiences that can get stored in the brain as trauma. This isn’t a formal assessment, it’s an informational activity. Only you can see the results.