Trauma has a way of shaking us to our core and wreaking havoc on our lives. When you experience trauma, the effects may remain mostly subconscious but still affect your overall functioning. It can also take a very real and taxing toll on your mental health. Maybe you have been in an abusive relationship for years and are questioning your worth. You may be asking yourself questions like, “Why do I stay? Is there something wrong with me?” Or maybe you have had a life threatening experience or witnessed a loved one encounter a violent attack and you are still attempting to regulate your emotions. You may be wondering things like, “Why do these images keep overloading my mind? Why do I keep having panic attacks that make me feel as though I am experiencing my trauma on replay?” If you are stuck in this mental trap, you are not alone. We invite you to keep reading to gain practical knowledge about the different effects of trauma.
Sometimes our emotions can be slow to catch up with what our bodies are already processing. This can make you feel numb and affect you in ways that resemble anxiety and depression. When experiences and emotions are not fully processed, the negative energy remains in the body and triggers us when we least expect it. This also leads to aches, pains, and muscle tension as a result of the inflammation being stored in your body due to the overwhelming amount of stress that you are enduring. But how do you process trauma? How do you move on from these devastating experiences? If you are wondering these questions, you have come to the right place.
What if I Feel Numb?
Emotional numbness, though alarming, is a natural defense mechanism that your body employs to protect your nervous system from becoming overwhelmed. This may be why you feel empty, lost, or disconnected from those you love most. Your mind is attempting to create psychological distance between you and the threat that you have encountered or experienced. This is why it is important to process your trauma in a safe environment with a trusted counselor. Our counselors at New Vision Counseling and Consulting will walk you through the empty void in your mind to help you access your hurtful experiences in a protected space. We will then be there to help calm your nervous system down and provide you with practical tools to help you continue managing the stress associated with your trauma.
Why am I Stuck on an Emotional Roller Coaster?
You may have read the above description and feel the exact opposite, but this is also normal. Everyone’s trauma affects them differently, and this is okay. Maybe you are having intense mood swings or feel that your emotions are unpredictable. This can be confusing to those around you and they may not always understand. If you are angry, disgusted, disappointed, disturbed, or overwhelmed with fear and sadness, give yourself grace in these moments and remind yourself that this is a natural response to a devastating event. At New Vision Counseling and Consulting, we are here to guide you through this scary and confusing process. We can teach you practical skills to manage your emotions and regulate your nervous system as you embark on your healing journey.
What if I am Scared to Let People in?
Maybe you are self-conscious or ashamed of the trauma you have endured. You may wonder to yourself, “What if they judge me? What if my experience is dismissed? Do I have the strength to relive my trauma?” These are just a few of the questions that can prevent you from processing your trauma and moving forward. Maybe you have tried to open up to others and felt unseen or invalidated. This is a hurtful experience and can prevent you from getting the help you so desperately need. Or maybe you feel that you could have done something to prevent your traumatic experience and are drowning in a pool of self-blame.
Maybe even talking about trauma can bring back intense and vivid experiences that you may wish to avoid at all costs. Though this brings temporary relief, it does nothing to help you heal your wounds from the past. This ultimately puts your traumatic experience in the driver’s seat making you a slave to your triggers. You deserve so much more than this! If you are ready to process your trauma and achieve real and lasting relief, continue reading to find out your next steps in the healing process.
Next Steps Towards Healing
Navigating the intricate maze of trauma can be a daunting journey, but you’ve taken a significant step by seeking help here. Rest assured, you’re not alone in this path to healing. At New Vision Counseling and Consulting, we stand ready to provide you with the transformative power of therapy, helping you break free from the grip that trauma has on your life.
Processing trauma is a brave and vital move toward healing and reclaiming your future. While it can be a complex and deeply personal journey, our compassionate therapists are here to accompany you at every step.
I strongly encourage you to take that courageous first step. Reach out to us and let our caring therapists guide you toward a brighter, more promising future. You deserve healing, growth, and restoration, and we are wholeheartedly committed to supporting you throughout this journey.
Remember, you are not defined by your trauma. There’s hope for healing, and together, we can unearth that hope and lay the foundation for a life filled with fulfillment and joy. If you’re ready to invite us into your story, please reach out by calling (405) 921-7776, or schedule an appointment with top therapists in Oklahoma City. We’re eagerly looking forward to hearing from you and being a part of your healing journey!