- Do you sometimes feel haunted by ghosts from your past?
- Do thoughts and memories of traumatic events and abuse you’ve endured invade your present, daily life and interfere with your ability to enjoy your life?
- Does it feel like you’ll never be able to be free from your past?
- Are you on edge, jumpy, irritable, always waiting for “the other shoe to drop”?
- Is it your expectation that others will disappoint you, abandon you, or otherwise let you down?
- Do you feel like they often do?
- Do you find yourself avoiding crowded places, large gatherings of people, or other similar situations because they don’t feel safe?
- Have others told you that your reactions to them or situations aren’t “normal?” That you tend to over-react?
- Do you have nightmares often when you do sleep?
- Do you have chronic pain that doctors can’t explain?
- Ongoing trouble sleeping at night?
- Have you been deeply hurt by someone you know, or didn’t know, when you were a child, a teen, or an adult?
- Do you feel you’ve been continuously hurt by others your entire life?
- Do you just want to feel normal, but just can’t seem to get there?
You are not crazy. Our therapists and trauma therapy can help you to a new “normal” that feels good to you.
When there is a real, imminent danger, it is natural and healthy to feel afraid. The feeling of fear triggers biochemical changes in the body to prepare it to “fight, flee, or freeze.” This is a healthy reaction designed to help protect us from harm. However, in the aftermath of extended danger and/or extreme danger, as in the case of being physically, sexually, and/or emotionally abused, sexually or physically assaulted, or combat experience, the body sometimes loses the ability to shut off this response system, and remains in a heightened state of fear and arousal. This is why you may feel continuously in danger and fearful even when the danger has long since passed. It is also why you may feel that even a small issue today feels just like the danger you faced long ago.
The body and brain store the chemical changes they underwent at the time of the trauma(s) you endured, effectively becoming a “different person” than you were before the trauma. Your memories of the abuse or trauma are also not stored in the same area of the brain as all your other, non-traumatic memories, but are, instead, stored in the amygdala, commonly known as the “reptile brain.” This is the part of the brain responsible for our emotions, and gut reactions to perceived dangers and threats.
Feelings and reactivity around the memory are effectively “frozen” together and not accessible to analytical thought or logic, which takes place in another part of the brain. This is why you may have gone to trauma counseling about your abuse and trauma, and talked and talked, without really feeling much better about what happened to you.
There is a better way.
OWC Trauma Therapy & Therapist
We, at OptimalLife Wellness Center, employ mind-body trauma counseling techniques such as EFT (Emotion Freedom Technique), EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Focusing, Hypnotherapy, and other integrated holistic trauma therapies to effective reprogram your brain to a pre-traumatized state. Our trauma counseling therapists also employ the latest in Brain Science to craft an individualized treatment plan for your own path to wellness. Located in Bellevue and serving all in the Kirkland & Redmond area.
You don’t have to keep reliving your trauma.
You can have the life you have always wanted.
We, at OptimalLife Wellness Center, can help get you there.