The American Psychological Association defines trauma as: an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. Therapist can help these individuals find constructive ways of managing their emotions. This is what is called a big “T” trauma.
Individuals can also experience small “t” traumas. These are described as smaller or less traumatic events stemming from childhood to young adult that leave a person with similar problems as a large T but not diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome or PTSD. Examples can be name calling in childhood, to trauma in childbirth, divorce, car accidents, etc.
Buffy is trained 40 hours in both Level I and II in EMDR. (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing). To understand the process please review the information page of EMDR at www.emdr.com
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