Some experiences create wounds that stay with us for our whole life. Other traumatic experiences may not leave a long standing wound.
What if the traumatic event was a long time ago?
At times of stress, a trauma wound may be accidentally reopened. This can take you by surprise. I work very slowly and carefully with people on trauma wounds to ensure that we are moving towards healing. Trauma requires patience. As we go through different life stages, our relationship to the trauma, how we see it and ourselves, in relationship to the trauma, may need to be revisited.
A recent traumatic event:
Sometimes a person is not ready and not able to talk about a traumatic event right after the event. For some people, it takes time before they are able to discuss the experience. Trauma requires patience.
Trauma does not affect all people the same way.
I can meet a family that all experienced a traumatic situation together. Each person will be affected differently by the trauma. The age that you are when the trauma occurs has a tremendous impact on how the trauma feels and the wound it leaves. Age also has a very large bearing on effective treatment approaches.
It helps to come in to therapy as soon as possible to learn the signs and symptoms of trauma. Even if you are not yet ready to talk about it, your body may be in distress and needing immediate support in therapy.
Is it too late to get help?
It is never too late to get help with trauma. There is no such thing. Even if you carried the trauma a long time, we can work together to relieve the pain.