"Trauma is the invisible force that shapes our lives.
It shapes the way we live,
the way we love
and the way we make sense of the world.
It is the root of our deepest wounds." ~Gabor Maté
Trauma is not what happens to you, trauma is what happens inside of you as a result of what happened to you.
We are all born needing to be understood, to be attuned with, to be seen, to have our emotions seen and loved.
Children can be traumatised not just by terrible things happening to them, but just by not having their needs met, by not being seen and not being heard, not being held. This is wounding for a child, and wounding is the meaning of the word trauma.
Trauma is not the event that inflicted the wound. Trauma is not the sexual abuse, not the abandonment, the inability for your parents to see who you were.
Trauma is the wound that was sustained as a result of the meaning you attached to the event that led you to feel that you are not lovable, rejected, abandoned and abused.
It's important to note that everyone's experience is unique, and the effects can vary from person to person.
Here are some common effects:
Emotional Distress: Individuals with past trauma may experience intense and unpredictable emotions such as anxiety, depression, fear, anger, guilt, or shame. These emotions can surface unexpectedly and may be triggered by certain situations, memories, or reminders of the traumatic event.
Hyperarousal and Hypervigilance: Living with past trauma can lead to a heightened state of alertness and hypervigilance. Individuals may constantly feel on edge, have difficulty relaxing, and be easily startled. This can result in sleep disturbances, irritability, and difficulty concentrating.
Avoidance and Numbing: Some individuals may develop avoidance behaviors as a way to cope with the trauma. This can involve avoiding certain people, places, or activities that remind them of the traumatic event. Additionally, individuals may experience emotional numbing, feeling disconnected from their emotions or having difficulty experiencing pleasure.
Flashbacks and Intrusive Memories: Flashbacks and intrusive memories are common symptoms of trauma. These can involve vivid and distressing recollections of the traumatic event, which may feel as if they are happening in the present moment. Intrusive thoughts, nightmares, or physical sensations related to the trauma can also occur.
Relationship Challenges: Past trauma can impact relationships, as individuals may struggle with trust, intimacy, and forming secure attachments. They may have difficulty expressing emotions, setting boundaries, or maintaining healthy connections with others.
Physical Symptoms: Trauma can manifest in physical symptoms such as headaches, gastrointestinal issues, chronic pain, or a weakened immune system. These physical symptoms can be a result of the body's response to chronic stress and trauma.
Your healing journey is as individual as you are!
Also there are many different therapeutic paths and methods.
Below I will describe some of the modalities that have helped my clients over the years.
We will always have an initial conversation to find out what might be the best for you.
DISCLAIMER: Multiple holistic approaches to healing, such as Psychoaromatherapy, Vibrational Energy Psychology (such as EFT Tapping and Energy Medicine), Frequency Healing, Polyvagal Theory, Positive Psychology, Grounding Techniques, and Somatic Treatment (to name a few), can be excellent complementary tools to support the healing process.
>>>>> However, if you are currently in the care of a clinical therapist and/or a medical practitioner and taking prescription drugs. Please do not stop!
Holistic Healing arts are supportive but not intended to replace your medical health care provider!
Somatic Psychoaromatherapy offers a unique and powerful approach to mental wellbeing and personal growth by integrating the mind and body in the therapeutic process. Here are some key benefits:
Holistic Healing Arts: Somatic energy wellness recognizes that our experiences and emotions are not solely mental but also stored in our bodies. By addressing both the mind and body, it offers a holistic approach to wellness, promoting overall well-being and integration.
Body Awareness: This approach helps individuals develop a deeper awareness of their bodily sensations, movements, and patterns. By tuning into the body, clients can gain valuable insights into their emotions, behaviors, and underlying issues, leading to greater self-understanding and personal growth.
Trauma Resolution: The Aroma Somatic Wellbeing path is particularly effective in working with trauma. It provides tools and techniques to safely process and release traumatic experiences stored in the body, helping individuals heal from the impact of past events and move towards a healthier, more empowered life.
Regulation of Emotions: Through somatic techniques such as breathwork, movement, and mindfulness, specific targeted essential oils, and energy psychology regulation of emotions are supported. Clients learn to identify and manage their emotions in a more embodied and grounded way, leading to increased emotional resilience and well-being.
Stress Reduction: Somatic Wellbeing sessions offers practical tools to release tension and stress held in the body. By engaging in somatic practices, clients can experience deep relaxation, improved sleep, and a reduction in physical symptoms associated with stress.
Mind-Body Integration: By integrating the mind and body, Aroma Somatic Healing Arts help individuals develop a stronger mind-body connection. This integration supports overall well-being, self-awareness, and the ability to live a more embodied and fulfilling life.
Remember, everyone's healing journey is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. It's important to find the approaches and techniques that resonate with you personally.
It's important to note that psychoaromatherapy should be used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for Trauma Recovery and PTSD, which may include other therapeutic modalities, medication, and support from mental health professionals.