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Mental Health: Trauma, PTSD, Depression & Anxiety

Our brains are wired for connection but when we have experienced trauma, we rewire for protection. As a result, a history of trauma can sometimes be looked past or repressed.

 

SEEN @ The Center for Women's Intimacy has deep awareness that many clients have survived traumatic experiences. Our team of women-identifying clinicians are trained and responsible for being sensitive to this fact. We help our clients discover the strategies that they developed early in life, often as a sign of the resourceful child that they were, and then learn healthier ways to handle those feelings as adults.

When we're young, we have even less emotional and intellectual abilities to process painful experiences and can be easily overwhelmed. The ways that we develop to cope with that sense of overwhelm serve us well from experiencing something which feels too big.  Often, those strategies that we developed at young ages, such as disassociating, shutting down, distracting ourselves with other behaviors, or many others, become so ingrained that they continue long into our adult lives even when they cease serving us well and interfere with our relationships or living life as we would like. 

What are some of the symptoms of trauma to look for?

Resistance

Distrust

Fatigue

Anxiety

The impending sense of doom

Anger

Difficulty sleeping

Forgetfulness or 
other memory issues

Social isolation 

Refusal to

accept help

Depression

Hypervigilance

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Somatic symptoms such as

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

  • Heart Palpitations

  • Digestive Issues

  • Sexual distress during intercourse or intimacy

    • i.e. pain or shutting down 

  • and more.

Resilience has a lot to do with how you may deal with loss, shifts, life’s twists, turns and complications.

 

Contact us to learn more about how to build resilience and work towards moving forward.