From a psychological point of view, trauma is the reaction that a person has when confronted with experiences that are too difficult or overwhelming to deal with in the moment. These are often experiences that are threatening to self or others, and can include physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect, bullying, natural disasters, severe illness, etc.
Individuals who have experienced trauma often struggle with anxiety, low mood, difficulties trusting others, as well as fatigue, sleep difficulties, intrusive thoughts, and may have physical problems, such as headaches, fatigue, as well as other aches and pains.
Working on trauma in psychotherapy includes reprocessing the traumatic events, both emotionally and cognitively, and in this process, making new meaning, putting the experiences into a context that makes sense, and incorporating what has happened into a broader meaning. This requires a significant amount of trust in your therapist, and focusing on building this trust should take place during the first few sessions.
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