Trauma changes the brain. Bessel A. van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps The Score, defines trauma as '..an event that overwhelms the central nervous system altering the way we process and recall memories. Trauma is not the story of something that happened 'back then' but it's the current imprint of the pain, horror, and fear living inside you today.'
We'll take a look at trauma and how it affects your brain and body by exploring BIG T and LITTLE T traumas.
In this section we learn about how the brain and the body are intimately connected and what the Polyvagal Theory by Stephen Porges, PhD is. Deeper understanding of the Autonomic Nervous System and just why we need to understand the science behind it all before we can start healing in ourselves. There is such hope for those of us suffering from chronic illness and pain.
We define Trauma Triggers. Trauma Triggers are never convenient and usually illicit strong emotions. If we don't recognize them for what they are, often we look for someone to blame, as it "must be their fault that I am feeling this way". Often people believe "that's just the way I am" and don't challenge these triggers that may be coming up today from something that happened a long time ago. There is a freedom to understanding that we can tame these Trauma Triggers and with time, begin to understand them and "process" them.
Learn to recognize trauma triggers. What happens in your brain to cause a trauma trigger? Learn about the unconscious activity in your mind that leads to triggering reactions. Develop the tools you need to be able to stop your body's reaction to the trigger.
Learn about the relationship between the physical, emotional, and spiritual elements of your body. Empower yourself to gain control over your fight - flight - freeze reaction to trauma triggers. Gain some practical solutions to manage your reactions to trauma triggers.
Carol is coming to you as a mentor, one who walks beside you as she has experienced chronic illness and pain also for over 25 years. She has been a Registered Nurse since 1976. She has worked in hospital settings including Med/Surg, ICU/CCU and Infection Control. She had worked with Hospice, Home Health and Senior Care Facilities. Carol had her own Counseling private practice, as well as a Grief Counseling Ministry. She has become a Certified Professional Mentor. She has worked with people in pain and has seen a pattern of trauma, pain and illness. She wants to share with you what she has learned along her life journey of chronic illness and pain. Not all chronic illness and pain is from trauma - but Carol knows that hers is......