Trauma & Stress

According to trauma researcher and clinician, Peter Levine, Trauma is one of the most avoided, ignored, and misunderstood causes of human suffering. According to Dr. Levin:

You can become traumatized when your ability to respond to a perceived threat is in some way overwhelmed. This inability to adequately respond can impact you in obvious and subtle ways sometimes not showing up in your life for years.

We may sense that we do not feel quite right, without ever being fully aware of what is taking place. If we could see it, we may sense a gradual undermining of our sense of self-esteem, self-confidence, feelings of well-being and our sense of connection to life.

Trauma is about loss of connection – to ourselves, to our bodies, to our families, to others, and to the world around us. This loss of connection can be hard to recognize because it doesn’t happen all at once. It can happen slowly over time as we adapt to the subtle changes sometimes without even noticing them.

Our choices become increasingly limited as we seek to avoid certain feelings, people, situations, and places. The result of this gradual constriction of freedom is the loss of vitality and potential for the fulfillment of our dreams.

– Peter Levine, Ph.D.
“Healing Trauma,” 2008

Are you experiencing any of the following challenges in your daily life?

  • Feeling out of control.
  • Feeling or believing that you are damaged to the core and/or beyond redemption.
  • Having difficulty establishing stable, trusting relationships.
  • Feeling limited in your ability to experience intimacy or joy.
  • Experiencing strong negative reactions to minor frustrations.
  • An ongoing sense of futility and emptiness – feeling withdrawn or detached.

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, I recommend you make an appointment to meet with a counseling professional as soon as you can.

At the Center for Conscious Counseling we can help you to break the patterns of thought and behavior that have come to constrain your freedom and limit your ability to connect powerfully with yourself and others.

Give us a call today at (312) 948-9455 or click on the button “Make an Appointment” to begin the process of living your life more fully today.