From an early age, I was fascinated by the human body and its resilience. How it could recover from injuries, adapt to different environments, and continue functioning despite various challenges. But it wasn't until I delved into the world of counseling and therapy that I truly understood the profound impact trauma can have on our bodies and brains.
The Brain and Trauma
When we experience trauma, our brain goes into survival mode. It activates our fight, flight, or freeze response, pumping adrenaline through our bodies to prepare us for danger. But when trauma is ongoing or particularly severe, this survival mode can become our brain's default state. This can lead to changes in brain structure and function, affecting everything from our memory and concentration to our ability to regulate our emotions. Understanding these changes can be the first step towards healing.
The Body's Response to Trauma
Our bodies also hold onto trauma in surprising ways. For instance, trauma can be stored in our hips. This might sound strange, but think about how your body reacts when you're scared. You might tense up, curl in on yourself, or even feel a desire to run. These reactions are all centered in your hips. Over time, this tension and unexpressed energy can become stuck in our bodies, leading to chronic pain or discomfort.
Similarly, trauma can also be stored in our backs. Our back muscles are closely connected to our fight, flight, or freeze response, and they often bear the brunt of our physical stress reactions. Chronic back pain can often be a sign of unprocessed trauma.
Healing from Trauma At Anew Counseling DFW, we understand the profound impact trauma can have on your body and brain. But we also know that healing is possible. Our therapists are trained in a variety of trauma-informed therapeutic techniques, including EMDR, somatic therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.
We believe that the first step towards healing is understanding. Understanding how trauma has affected you, understanding your body's response, and understanding that what you're experiencing is a normal reaction to abnormal circumstances. From there, we can work together to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and goals.
Trauma can change us in profound ways. But with understanding, support, and the right therapeutic interventions, healing is possible. If you're struggling with the effects of trauma, know that you're not alone. At Anew Counseling DFW, we're here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step on your healing journey.
Ready to start your healing journey? Contact Anew Counseling DFW today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced, compassionate therapists. We're here to help you understand your trauma, heal from its effects, and reclaim your life.