Trauma

Trauma is a unique emotional response to a distressing or disturbing experience that exceeds our ability to cope.

If we become too scared too quickly, we stay too scared for too long, or we feel helpless in a situation, we may experience a trauma response. Our bodies may become stuck in the sensory experiences of the event(s), including distressing images, sounds, smells, and feelings.

Various life events and circumstances can cause a trauma response in our bodies.

You may have experienced the event directly or indirectly, once, repeatedly, or chronically. Such events include but are not limited to:

  • Childhood abuse or neglect
  • Sexual or physical abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Car accident
  • Work accident
  • Loss of health

  • Physical injury
  • Death of a loved one
  • Pet loss
  • Witnessing a death or near-death
  • Near-death experience
  • Crime

  • Tour of duty
  • Vicarious trauma
  • First responder experiences
    (Police; Fire; EMT; Doctor; Nurse)
  • Natural disaster

Beneath our trauma is a loss of control, loss of safety, and sometimes a loss of trust.

You may be experiencing some or all of the following common symptoms of loss:

  • Changes in sleeping and/or eating
  • Changes in routine
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Waves of emotion

  • Physical and/or emotional exhaustion
  • Reduced energy or motivation
  • Physical and/or emotional isolation
  • Excessive worry or panic
  • Excessive anger or irritability

  • Frequent crying
  • Overuse of alcohol, drugs, or other substances
  • Nightmares and/or flashbacks
  • Hyperarousal or hypervigilance
  • Avoiding trauma-related stimuli

We have the tools to help you heal and move beyond the pain.

Our healing approach is heart-centred, emotionally-focused, and action-oriented. We utilize highly-structured methodologies that will equip you with the emotional and intellectual tools to complete the pain caused by your loss and empower you to move forward in your life.

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Action is the antidote to fear.

Fear is a normal and natural feeling after loss. Our fear can paralyze us in our suffering if we don’t take action to heal our hearts. We encourage you to step through your fear into courage, and take new action today.

Begin your healing journey with us.

It is never to soon to heal your heart. Contact us at 780-288-8011 or email us at info@healmyheart.ca to book your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.

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