Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD. Getting effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function.
In general, the Big T variation of trauma refers to a single, traumatic event that can leave a survivor of the event with symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Experiences like sexual assault, serious injuries, violent attacks, and near-death experiences all fall under this category, and it’s now widely understood what kind of impact Big T trauma can have on a person’s life.
Little T trauma is a very different thing though, because it includes virtually every other adverse life experience — each hardship and struggle that people deal with throughout life — that doesn’t fall under the Big T umbrella. Whether it’s a case of bullying, loss of friends or family members, or an emotionally abusive relationship, Little T trauma tends to be the tough situations that many people deal with on a daily basis that don’t necessarily result in a clear diagnosis of a lasting effect. Because trauma is subjective and depends entirely on a person’s resilience and perception, adverse life experiences include anything that could potentially result in trauma; not only the presence of a negative experience, but also the absence of a positive one. I typically use a mixture of approaches to help people with PTSD, including Brainspotting, IFS, and mindfulness. Continue reading for more information about each approach.
Brainspotting: Brainspotting therapy helps you access and process deep emotional experiences and traumas held within your brain and body. Developed from the field of neuroscience, Brainspotting recognizes that where you look affects how you feel. During a Brainspotting session, we identify specific 'brainspots'—eye positions that correlate with the activation of traumatic or emotionally-charged memories. By focusing your gaze on these spots, we access and release the stored emotions and experiences that are causing distress. This gentle and non-invasive approach allows the brain to process and heal at its own pace, unlocking profound insights and promoting emotional well-being. It can be particularly effective for individuals who have tried traditional talk therapy without achieving the desired results. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, trauma, or other challenging emotions, Brainspotting offers a powerful tool to navigate your inner landscape, find resolution, and experience profound healing. For more detailed information, go to: https://brainspotting.com/ IFS (Internal Family Systems) therapy: IFS Therapy, or Internal Family Systems Therapy, is an innovative approach that helps you understand and heal different parts of yourself. Just like a family, you have various inner parts with different thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. Sometimes these parts can feel burdened, causing distress and imbalance in your life. In IFS therapy, we create a safe and compassionate space to explore these parts and their roles. We listen to their concerns and intentions with curiosity and respect. Through dialogue and collaboration, we work together to release burdens, heal wounds, and restore harmony within your internal system. By cultivating a self-led perspective, we tap into your core essence—the Self—to guide the healing process. With the Self's wisdom, we help the burdened parts find new, healthier roles that align with your overall well-being. IFS therapy can provide profound insights, deep healing, and lasting transformation. If you're looking to understand and integrate the different parts of yourself, IFS therapy offers a unique and powerful pathway to inner peace and wholeness. For more information, go to: https://ifs-institute.com/ Mindfulness: Mindfulness is the act of becoming aware of and connecting with our internal state. For more information go to: https://www.apa.org/topics/mindfulness