People who have experienced traumas often feel unable to move past them. Instead, they re-experience the sensations, images, sounds, and emotions of the original event. These experiences can come in the form of intrusive thoughts, memories, nightmares, flashbacks, or other disturbing symptoms that sometimes occur without any apparent trigger. The combination of these symptoms is often called Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), although having some of these symptoms does not necessarily mean that an individual has PTSD.
We humans have an amazing capacity to heal from trauma, although we generally don't just "get over it." Whether trauma comes from childhood abuse, being bullied in school, or a recent divorce, healing can happen. You don't have to continue suffering from old wounds.
My approach to addressing trauma is multifaceted. The treatment plan varies with an individual client's needs, support network, and current ability to cope with the experience. Before processing a traumatic event with a client , I make sure they have tools to manage upsetting thoughts, feelings, and images if they arise. Processing trauma does not mean talking about a disturbing event over and over again until it's no longer painful; it means gentle exploration of events to develop new understanding, meaning, and perspective on them, thereby decreasing suffering and increasing resiliency. My two approaches to processing of traumatic event(s) are Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).