Reducing the impact of trauma.
It seems to me that at the core of mental health issues is unresolved trauma. Attachment injuries in early childhood when the infant is unable to bond with their primary care giver for whatever reason is a form of trauma. Other trauma events can be caused by a wide variety of situations and events that some people may not label as trauma in its conventional term. An individuals resilience will determine how much an event will cause traumatisation, so for some individuals the same event will have different consequences.
Highly sensitive people are more prone to being impacted by environmental conditions.
Once traumatisation has been experienced an individual can be affected for life unless something is done to reduce the impact.
Humans are creative and adaptive. Once there has been a traumatic experience the individual will try and cope. This is where number of different methods of coping originate. These include
- addictive behaviour
- obsessive compulsive behaviours
- anger issues
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing along with
The Emotional Freedom Technique (often referred to as tapping)
have been proven to be successful in reducing symptoms and enabling people to live fuller lives.
With the reduction of the impact of the traumatisation will follow a reduction of the coping mechanisms used to manage the impact of the trauma.
I use both EMDR and EFT and am finding my clients are benefitting from a combination of both techniques along with Psychotherapy.