Trauma is complex. It is painful. It is sneaky.
We often think of trauma very simplistically: ABUSE.
The reality is, however, that trauma comes in many forms. And, when we experience any one of these forms, it can cause emotional dysregulation which can lead to behavior changes, mental health struggles, and more.
At The Bridge to Recovery, we believe that until you heal the emotional pain caused by trauma, our emotional response system will be unable to operate in a healthy manner.
While there are many forms of Trauma, the definition of it can be simplified to:
If you are in any kind of emotional pain, something caused it. And at The Bridge to Recovery, healing from pain is what we have helped our clients experience for five decades.
Let’s take a look at what trauma is, or, the “roots” of our trauma tree.
Some examples of trauma include (but, are certainly not limited to):
Until you address the cause of your pain, you cannot heal from it. When left untreated, this can cause a wide variety of issues in life. Healing starts with un-covering, understanding, and un-shaming our experiences which shaped development, boundaries, and emotional response. This is how attending our program will change your life.
“I’ve never experienced any trauma.”
“I already know what I’ve been through and reliving it won’t help.”
“I just want to stop (fill in the blank), not sit around talking about my past.”
“I’ve blocked out my past, and bringing it back up will only make things worse.”
These are all things we commonly hear. They are also misunderstandings. Trauma is evasive and we often think because we did not experience what society has deemed as “painful enough,” that our pain is not “bad enough.”
That’s simply untrue. Again, if you are in pain, there is a reason.
Ask yourself: “Am I happy in all facets of my life?”
If you cannot answer yes, then there is something hindering you from happiness.
Uncovering and addressing trauma is a critical step in being able to find reprieve from the unhealthy behaviors, dis-satisfaction, and overall general disconnect in your life. It cannot simply be skipped. Why? Because when you experience trauma, your emotional development, regulation, and maturity is changed. At The Bridge, we help you do the work to let go of the pain caused from trauma so that you can develop new, healthy response systems.
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