WHAT IS TRAUMA?*Trauma can be defined as an emotional and psychological response to a distressing and disturbing event. Trauma, however, does not only have an effect on the psychological and emotional body but also on the nervous system.
When a deeply distressing or disturbing event overwhelms an individual and their ability to cope within and/or after the event, feelings of fear, overwhelm and helplessness are prevalent and trauma sets in. This overwhelm diminishes their ability to feel the full range of emotions and to integrate the emotions involved with the experience.
Trauma may result from one single distressing experience or recurring events of being overwhelmed occurring over weeks, years or even decades.
Trauma causes a high energy arousal in the nervous system and is often accompanied by physical symptoms and mental/emotional disturbances, which could lead to serious, long term negative consequences.
"Trauma induced behavior cannot be rectified with the use of traditional crisis intervention techniques that depend on logical processing because trauma behavior is an illogical, instinctual response not under the control of the rational brain" - Dr David Berceli, founder of Tre�