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What Emotional Trauma may look like

Emotional Trauma isn't an event - it is how your very unique brain responds to an event that was traumatic for you.

The event can even be something that happened to someone else, maybe you witnessed it, maybe they told you about it, maybe you heard about it on the news - it CAN still cause emotional trauma.

The event can be current, recent or from a long time ago - it is no less valid that it is impacting on your life now.

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You cannot learn or reach your true potential if you are suffering in this way.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs pyramid shows basic to advanced human requirements that help them achieve an overall sense of satisfaction.  Unless the needs nearer the base of the pyramid are met, you cannot progress to the higher levels.

What causes TRAUMA?

  • Bereavement
  • Severe illness or injury (own or a loved one)
  • Domestic violence
  • Abuse (current or historical, in any form)
  • Witnessing an act of violence or terror attack
  • Bullying
  • Broken relationships (including people moving away)
  • Inability to have children
  • New home
  • New sibling
  • New step-parent
  • Loss of job
  • Natural disasters
  • Pandemics like Covid 19

... plus many more.


Symptoms of Trauma

Research has shown that traumatic memories are stored in parts of the brain not directly reached by talking alone.

When the brain is overloaded it overflows and the distress gets stored in other parts of the brain and body. 

•Headache or brain fog

•Tummy ache (butterflies or knots, or bowel issues)

•Aches and pains

•Heightened emotional state 

Helping families process a diagnosis.

Life doesn't always give us what we had hoped for or planned for.

As a parent of children with ASCs, I know what it is like to have to change plans and manage your expectations, whilst fighting for support and celebrating the little steps (that are actually huge).  There is a different path to take and new dreams to dream, it is not the end.  Grieving for the loss of the dreams you had for your child is ok, in fact it is necessary to give you the strength to move forward.  Allowing yourself time to process these thoughts is essential - this intervention can give you the time and space to do that, with someone who is definitely not going to judge, because I have been there myself.


My heartfelt thanks to Emily Perl Kingsley for granting me permission to use her work, no-one sums it up better!

(Email consent received 17 August 2022).

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