Trauma

Healing from Trauma Starts from Within

Healing from Trauma Starts from Within

There is so much pain that can be experienced in a lifetime, and those experiences can have a lasting impression on us. Traumatic events, whether experienced once or many times, can dampen our mind, body, and spirit if not treated accordingly. In an attempt to alleviate our anxieties, depression, anger, guilt and other uncomfortable feelings […]

What Can I Do For Self-Care During A Trauma Anniversary?

What Can I Do For Self-Care During A Trauma Anniversary?

“The Anniversary Effect” is a phenomenon among survivors of trauma who actively deal with the symptoms of trauma, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and other manifestations of trauma like addictions or mental health disorders. Around the time of year of a significant traumatic event, it is common for survivors to feel emotional distress, changes in behavior, […]

How Can I Prepare For A Trauma Anniversary?

How Can I Prepare For A Trauma Anniversary?

In our previous Q&A, we discussed a trauma anniversary and the phenomenon of “The Anniversary Effect” among survivors of trauma. Trauma lives inside of the nervous system in the body, affecting all of the ways the brain and the body operate. In the very same fashion that a child who was once bit by a […]

What Is A Trauma Anniversary?

What Is A Trauma Anniversary?

Events in our life shape our life. Our memories can be more than mental: memories can be emotional and physical as well. Consider the recurring celebration of the holiday season at the end of every year. It has become somewhat of a modern “cult” cultural phenomenon to look forward to the (Northern Hemisphere) fall and […]

For Adults With Psychiatric Disorders Does Trauma Influence Social Behaviors?

For Adults With Psychiatric Disorders Does Trauma Influence Social Behaviors?

Head to any park, preschool, or playground and you will witness the very demonstration of social cognition in development. Young children are learning how to interact with one another, what rules apply to social situations, how to recognize feelings in other, developing a sense of empathy, deciding how to respond to others, and much more. […]

Does Childhood Trauma Affect Minorities Differently?

Does Childhood Trauma Affect Minorities Differently?

Today, the idea that childhood trauma, formally called ACEs for Adverse Childhood Experiences, has an affect on health long-term, is becoming common place. We are understanding more and more that what we experience as children creates a significant impact on our physical and psychological health. The more ACEs we are exposed to, the more at […]

Can A Mother’s Trauma Affect Her Son?

Can A Mother’s Trauma Affect Her Son?

Trauma is generational, genetic, and experiential. A male child growing in the womb of a mother who has experienced trauma is likely to experience trauma in some way himself. Though some kind of a traumatic event may not be happening to him directly, he will be affected by the trauma which has affected his mother. […]

How Does EMDR Therapy Work?

How Does EMDR Therapy Work?

EMDR is a leading treatment and therapy application for PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other manifestations of trauma. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing helps rewire painful, frustrating memories of the past to be less impactful and less haunting. Rather than live in a constant state of fight or flight due to the “living past”, EMDR […]

Your Feelings Don’t Need To Be “Dealt” With

Your Feelings Don’t Need To Be “Dealt” With

We use the word “deal” too often when we talk about our emotional experiences. I’m feeling stressed, I need to deal with it. I’m really sad lately, I can’t seem to deal with the loss of my cat. I can’t deal with my depression. My anger needs to be dealt with. The word “deal”, in […]

How Can Self Care Help With Trauma Symptoms?

How Can Self Care Help With Trauma Symptoms?

Trauma is a result of extreme stress being taken on the mind and the body as a dysfunction of the “fight or flight” survival response which occurs in the sympathetic nervous system. When we live with trauma, we are living in a state of stress because our stress systems, our stress responses, are in a […]

Anger As A Response To Trauma

Anger As A Response To Trauma

Anger throbs through our entire body when we are really set off. It’s more than rage, fear, sadness, or frustration. Anger is part of our fight or flight response, the survival mechanism which has stayed in the human body for thousands of years. As our anger fires through our bloodstream, we feel like we could […]

A New Source Of Symptoms: Concussions Can Lead To PTSD Symptoms

A study from researchers at the Universities Texas, El Paso and Louisiana, Lafayette in the United States has found that athletes who endure concussions inside of their sports or outside of their sports have a chance of experiencing symptoms of PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder. Concussions are a form of physical trauma. Revealing research has made […]

Which Are The Best Self-Care Strategies For Trauma Recovery?

Which Are The Best Self-Care Strategies For Trauma Recovery?

Self-care looks different for everyone recovering from trauma because everyone recovers from trauma differently. Everyone’s specific needs in self-care are different because everyone’s symptoms and manifestations of trauma are different and specific to their experiences. However, underneath all of the specifics are some very basic general rules of thumb. In our previous QA, we discussed […]

Beloved Spice Girl Mel B Opens Up About PTSD and EMDR

In August of 2018, gossip columns were reporting that “Mel B”, host of America’s Got Talent, well known “Scary Spice” of the Spice Girls, and British icon, was seeking rehab. Recently, Mel B had opened up about having difficulties with alcohol abuse and unregulated sexual behaviors. Naturally, the media read her comments as “alcoholism” and […]

What is an Attachment Pattern?

What is an Attachment Pattern?

We develop an attachment pattern in our earliest childhood years depending on our bond most specifically with our mother, but also with our father and other caretakers. How we react to intimacy or closeness with our parent as well as how we respond to distance and insecurity with our parent defines the way we attach […]

Grenfell Tower And PTSD In London

Grenfell Tower And PTSD In London

June 14, 2017 is a tragic day in the modern history of London. In the North Kensington area of West London, a fire broke out in a 24-storey residential building called Grenfell Tower. Within mere minutes the entire building was aflame, officially claiming 72 lives. Seventy others experienced injury. While more than 200 residents escaped, […]

Feeling Sad Versus Being Depressed

Feeling Sad Versus Being Depressed

Major depression is just one kind of depression which can become present in someone’s life. Depression is oftentimes an emotional response more than it is a mood disorder. For example, depression is identified as one of the five stages of grief outlined by Elizabeth Kubler Ross. Depression can be a response to the changing of […]

What Is The Difference Between Worrying And Anxiety?

What Is The Difference Between Worrying And Anxiety?

The words “anxious” and “anxiety” are frequently misused in our society, replacing what should be “worry” or “nervous”. Though being worried and feeling nervous are two extremely common symptoms of anxiety, experiencing these two feeling-states is not necessarily an indication of anxiety. Worry and nervousness can be standalone emotional experiences outside of anxiety. Too often, […]

Do Successful People Experience Depression?

Do Successful People Experience Depression?

One of the greatest myths which prevail in our lives is the myth of being without. We are constantly programmed to believe that we are missing something, something which could make us better, make our lives better, or make us happier. This myth leads us to believe that while are are missing something, other people […]

Is Adult Depression Linked To Childhood Trauma?

Is Adult Depression Linked To Childhood Trauma?

Trauma is an impactful experience in life. Whatever our trauma is, however our trauma comes to be, we are changed forever as a result of it- cellularly, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Traumatic experiences transform our genetics and alter the way some of our basic mechanisms work, namely our sympathetic nervous system. Such an instantaneous […]

Knowing The Difference Between A Trigger and Re-traumatization

Knowing The Difference Between A Trigger and Re-traumatization

When we are living in recovery from trauma, we are working to live in a constant state of mindful awareness. Rather than continue surviving in a prolonged state of hyperarousal reactivity to life, we thrive in a peaceful presence with life, which means living at ease with the many triggers we may experience throughout our […]

Moving Your Body After The Trauma Trigger

Moving Your Body After The Trauma Trigger

We previously discussed trauma’s effects on the body when stress hormones are produced as part of the fight or flight stress response. For human beings, the fight or flight responses often results in a “freeze” state. Though the body and brain are being primed for reactive action, an individual simply freezes. As a result, the […]

Somatic Experiencing: How The Therapy Works To Heal Trauma

Somatic Experiencing: How The Therapy Works To Heal Trauma

In our previous blog post, we discussed the body’s role in trauma, how traumatic events affect the body, and the importance of healing the body in trauma recovery. We also looked at the difference between animals’ ability to process stress hormones versus the human ability to process stress hormones and how that difference leads humans […]

Somatic Experiencing: Understanding The Body’s Role In Trauma

Somatic Experiencing: Understanding The Body’s Role In Trauma

When a gazelle is chased by a lion in the African wilderness, they experience a very similar response to the threat on their livelihood as we humans do. Stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol go surging through their body, helping them take off running at the fullest speed possible toward safer grounds. Being chased by […]

Will The Change In Weather Trigger My Trauma?

Will The Change In Weather Trigger My Trauma?

Winter, spring, summer, and fall. We know that the seasons come, the weather changes, and our mood sometimes changes with them. Yet, year after year, we can find ourselves surprised by just how greatly we are affected. Changing from summer to winter is difficult as we start running short of daylight hours. Transitioning from the […]

Childhood Trauma Lasts Generations

Childhood Trauma Lasts Generations

When we experience trauma in our childhoods, we are affected for a lifetime. Until recently, little consideration has been given to the expiration of the effects of trauma. We have assumed that trauma stops with the ending of an individual’s life. We have realized that the effects of trauma on a parent can affect a […]

Addiction Isn’t The Problem

Addiction Isn’t The Problem

A consensus is growing around the world among professionals who have found themselves confounded by the potential for chronic relapse in addiction recovery patients. For years, addiction has been treated as a singular issue. For years, traditional addiction treatment has found increasing failure in effectively treating patients in a way which sustains sobriety for a […]

Why Unresolved Trauma Causes Problems

Why Unresolved Trauma Causes Problems

You are experiencing symptoms which seem out of the ordinary. Perhaps you have a cold, a stuffy nose, back pain, stomach pain, dizziness, or fluctuating moods which don’t seem normal. The symptoms themselves are mostly unimportant, though they will be helpful to the doctor. More importantly, you are experiencing something that isn’t right. These symptoms […]

How Can I Keep It Simple In Trauma Recovery?

How Can I Keep It Simple In Trauma Recovery?

In our previous blog, we discussed the necessity of “keeping it simple” as a way to create a foundation for coping with the incomprehensible complexity of trauma. Here, we look at different ways we can incorporate simple practices into our daily lives. Stay Present Staying present in the moment of now is one of the […]

Understanding What Trauma Is

Understanding What Trauma Is

Our understanding of trauma is surprisingly young. The term “PTSD” which stands for post-traumatic stress disorder, was not thoroughly developed or used until the 1970s after the Vietnam War. Severe psychological distress, a propensity for addiction and self-destruction, and an obvious disconnect between mind and body, were taking over the lives of veterans returning from […]

HOPE: Hold On Pain Ends

HOPE: Hold On Pain Ends

We see a wounded warrior on their last ounce of strength, tired of fighting, tired of persevering, and desperately seeking relief. This warrior is not a veteran of physical combat in a war zone, so to speak. Battles have been fought. Injuries have been sustained. Great losses have taken place. This brave and courageous individual […]

Why Should I Keep It Simple In Trauma Recovery?

Why Should I Keep It Simple In Trauma Recovery?

Mockingjay Part 1 starts with the main character, Katniss Everdeen, hiding in a stairwell. Having just survived a second round of fighting for her life in what was called The Hunger Games, she was struggling with severe PTSD including nightmares, flashbacks, and somatic symptoms. We hear her say to herself that she needs to keep […]

London Trauma Therapist Vacancy

Company Overview Khiron House provides treatment for people suffering from mental health and behavioural disorders such as depression, anxiety and PTSD at five different units to provide for the needs of a wide range of clients with varying severity of symptoms. These units include: Khiron House: a 10-bed residential clinic in North Oxfordshire Khiron Hospital: […]