We all have
navigated, trauma can be an initiatory force pressing us to grow past
our fears and limitations.
trauma is too great, however, we are overwhelmed.
cases, the trauma gains a life of its own. It grows inside the psyche
and holds us prisoners of our past. The extreme fear, isolation and
despair of the original event lives on, often startling us with its
voracity and persistence. Traumas that have lived in our bodies for
long periods of time, require a slow process to unravel. We must
descend into the territory of this internal persecutor, and slowly
loosen its hold on our psyche.
At the same
time, we need to connect to Love, Hope and Trust. These are powerful
allies in the healing of trauma.
trauma requires walking a difficult path. It helps to have a seasoned
and caring guide by your side.
in working with trauma first focuses on building the tools needed to
tolerate and contain the extremes of panic and dissociation that
trauma instills. These tools allow you to work though your trauma,
while continuing to live your life.
Then, we work
together to understand how trauma has constricted your life force
energy and shaped your life choices.
understanding we confront trauma’s limitations and begin to build
new capacities – trust and hope – to take the place of the
outdated patterns laid down by trauma.
Elizabeth Cassanos, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist PSY26317