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Learn More About Trauma

A person who suffers from trauma, has had an overwhelming experience in which they feel helpless, isolated and scared. Emotional and psychological trauma becomes lodged in the brain and is often triggered into a state of fight, flight, or freeze, in response to the memory of the traumatic event, or to conditions that trigger the emotions related to the event.

Trauma experienced in childhood is often still recorded in the brain and is carried over into adulthood, even though the person may not remember the event. In a sense the brain never forgets. Having no knowledge of the event does not prevent triggering of the emotions surrounding the traumatic event. Emotional and psychological trauma often manifests in symptoms such as, anxiety, fear, depression, anger outbursts, eating disorders, aggressive, and abusive behaviors, or becoming the recipients of aggression and abuse.  Children are particularly vulnerable to being traumatized, and a number of life’s negative circumstances contribute significantly to the devastating effects of trauma on children:

  • Separation from a parent

  • Pre-natal stress

  • Sexual, physical, or verbal abuse

  • A dysfunctional or unsafe home environment

  • Domestic violence

  • Divorce

  • Neglect

  • Poverty

  • Victims of bullying

Adults who have experienced childhood trauma often suffer symptoms related to trauma that they sometimes have difficulty explaining. These include:

Emotional & psychological symptoms:

  • Guilt, shame, self-blame

  • Mood swings

  • Isolation and poor social skills

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Hypervigilance

  • Anger, irritability

  • Withdrawing from others

  • Feelings of hopelessness

  • Relationship problems

  • Poor self-esteem

There are other symptoms that manifests in the body:

  • Difficulty sleeping, nightmares

  • Fatigue

  • Confusion

  • Racing heartbeat

  • Easily agitated

  • Muscle aches, and pains


Brainspotting (BSP) is an effective therapeutic intervention that is used to treat various psychological, emotional, and physical conditions. BSP works well with trauma victims, and symptoms related to psychological and emotional trauma. BSP is a brain-based form of therapy that uses the field of vision to access trauma located deep in the brain and work to diffuse the effects of the trauma. Please call or write to see how brainspotting can help you overcome the effects of trauma you are experiencing.

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