Trauma can have a profound impact on a person’s life, causing physical and psychological symptoms. It can also affect relationships and the ability to feel safe. However, with the right support, individuals can learn to cope and heal, building resilience and finding hope for the future.
“Beneath the surface of the protective parts of trauma survivors there exists an undamaged essence, a Self that is confident, curious, and calm, a Self that has been sheltered from destruction by the various protectors that have emerged in their efforts to ensure survival. Once those protectors trust that it is safe to separate, the Self will spontaneously emerge, and the parts can be enlisted in the healing process.”
– Bessel A. van der Kolk
Being trapped in the cycle of compulsive behaviors and addiction can be maddening. It is often accompanied by feelings of shame, frustration, sadness, and anger… but more often than not, it leaves you numb. Numb to yourself and numb to those around you. Breaking free of addiction is absolutely possible, and you don’t have to spend the rest of your life combating it. You can live a life full of color and freedom.
“That is the miracle of it. We are not fighting it, neither are we avoiding temptation. We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality—safe and protected. We have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem has been removed. It does not exist for us. We are neither cocky nor are we afraid. That is our experience. That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition.”
– AA Big Book
Living with anxiety is like being followed by a voice. It knows all your insecurities and uses them against you. It gets to the point when it’s the loudest voice in the room, the only one you can hear. You can develop a newer, deeper listening for that forgotten, quieter voice. You can live with peace, calm, and serenity.
“When you’re feeling anxious, remember that you’re still you. You are not anxiety. Whenever you feel otherwise, remember that’s the anxiety talking. You are still you and hold the power in every moment.”
– Deanne Repich
Depression can rob you of things you once loved and enjoyed. It can impact sleep, which in turn, makes concentration and focus more difficult, and decision making becomes challenging. For many with depression, it can feel like there’s no way out. But there absolutely is hope! Many clients have enjoyed life again shedding the burden of depression.
“When you are depressed, you need the love of other people, and yet depression fosters actions that destroy that love. Depressed people often stick pins into their own life rafts. The conscious mind can intervene. One is not helpless.”
– Andrew Solomon