What is trauma?
Trauma is the emotional response when an injury overwhelms us. The injury could be physical, sexual or emotional. Some of the most common traumatic events include:
- Physical assault
- Sexual assault, including childhood sexual abuse
- Verbal assault
- Being threatened with physical or sexual assault
- Witnessing violence against others
- Long-term neglect in childhood
HOW TRAUMA INFORMED CARE HELPS YOU AS A SURVIVOR?
Trauma-Informed Care is a practice which works off of your strengths. Our staff understands the effect trauma has on a person and how it affects you physically, mentally and emotionally. At Hope & Healing, we create a space for survivors to gain confidence and a sense of control by empowering you to overcome obstacle while making your own decisions along your journey.
How can trauma affect your body?
- You may feel as if you were reliving the traumatic experience (these flashbacks can include seeing images, hearing voices or sounds, smelling odors, as well unexplained tastes and physical etc.)
- You may have trouble sleeping or have nightmares
- You may feel exhausted
- You may have physical complaints (ex: headaches, nausea, stomach aches, pelvic pain, stomach/ digestive problems)
How can trauma affect the way you behave?
- Inflicting self-injury (ex: cutting, burning)
- Alcohol and drug misuse
- Difficulty maintaining close relationships
- Not knowing how to trust others
- Not knowing how to set boundaries
- Trouble with intimacy
How can trauma affect the way you feel?
Everyone reacts differently to trauma. You may experience some or all of the following:
- Too much emotion
- Feeling numb
- Feeling hopeless, helpless, worthless
- Anxiety, panic attacks
- Stomach aches, pelvic pain, stomach/ digestive problems)
How can trauma affect the way you think?
- Difficulty with concentration
- Thoughts that get in the way of daily activities
- Memory problems