Trauma and trauma therapy

Everyone suffers at least once in their life a deeply impacting event called a trauma. This is always expressed when something happens in a person's life that was too overwhelming, hurt him deeply and that could almost not or not at all be processed. Usually there is a deep injury and shock on all levels of being (body - soul - spirit). For me, a trauma means a separation of body, soul, spirit and its environment and thus the feeling of losing yourself (loss of control).

It doesn't always have to be catastrophic or unnatural events that are perceived as life-threatening. Attachment disorders in early childhood or those caused by repetitive, hard-to-process events in childhood, such as neglect, loss, screaming, psychological / physical violence and abuse, sexual abuse, etc. can also lead to developmental trauma.

Types of trauma
There are different ways that trauma can occur. Some can be caused by "force majeure" and others due to the personal environment. Especially if a stressful event occurs during a child's personal development, it can quickly lead to a trauma-related disorder or a stress disorder.

Shock trauma
The shock trauma is a singular event that makes the person affected helpless. That could be a car accident, for example, but also the separation of the partner. This shock trauma occurs in an instant and is very acute.

Developmental trauma
Developmental trauma describes a trauma that has arisen over a long period of time when, for example, those affected were abused with violence over several years during their childhood. A development / attachment trauma can, however, arise if the person concerned has received too little attention over a long period of time or if toddlers are left screaming for too long without paying attention.

Secondary traumatization
If a person is not directly affected by an extraordinarily overwhelming event, but is watching what is happening as an outside person, this type of traumatisation is called secondary traumatisation. This can be, for example, emergency doctors / fire brigade / police officers, etc., who are the first to be on site after a tragic accident, or random witnesses.

Possible trauma symptoms:
A trauma affects everyone differently. Some suffer from psychological sequelae, while other people also have physical problems. The body or the cell "memory" stores what we have experienced, which can lead to physical symptoms and heredity (epigenetics). The symptoms of trauma also differ among different age groups. As a result of trauma, children mainly suffer disruptions in personality development, whereas adults suffer more acute, psychological stress disorders, also known as post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD).

The following symptoms can be triggered by a trauma-related disorder:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Depression
  • Jitteriness • Restlessness
  • Addictive behavior (food, alcohol, drugs, sex)
  • Aggressiveness • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty relaxing • Loss of interest
  • Inability to love, show / perceive feelings, relationships to live
  •  Feeling of loneliness
  • Nightmares
  • Self-harm
  • Muscle tension
  • Grief
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Sweating
  • Rapid breathing
  • Fainting
  • Flashbacks
  • Women who have experienced sexual violence often suffer from abdominal problems for which no medical indication can be found.

  • With children / adolescents:
    frequent reenactment of the stressful scenes without any relief; many nightmares with very frightening content
  • Crying, screaming, trembling even without any current reason, wetting, grinding teeth, biting nails, self-harm,     aggression

The processing of trauma is individual.
The experience of a trauma and its processing depends on each individual.

My trauma therapy
is individually tailored to your needs. I involve body - soul - spirit on all levels in order to support you on your way to becoming whole and to integrate what you have experienced, as it is a part of your past and cannot be undone or erased.

Our common goal: "The trauma no longer determines YOUR life!"