Trauma doesn't have to impact your daily life. Thrive gives you the tools to heal from traumatic events and grow stronger and more peaceful than ever.
Do certain memories elicit anxiety, sadness, or intense anger? Do some smells, sounds, are places trigger memories and feelings you'd rather not have? Are you always waiting for the other shoe to drop?
Then you may have unresolved trauma. The word "trauma" can conjure up images of earthquakes, near death experiences, and war. But, we often fail to recognize traumatic events in our own lives and we suffer without knowing why.
How does unresolved trauma impact the body?
Traumatic experiences impact your brain and change the way you experience the world. After a traumatic event, you may be able to function in your daily life, but you are not thriving.
To cope you numb out and dissociate from your feelings. But if you suppress the emotional lows, you lose the emotional highs. You may look okay from the outside, but you are spending a lot of energy to keep those feelings and memories down. Addictions and compulsive behaviors creep up, relationships suffer, and you lose touch with your passion for life.
Trauma can change your brain, causing the amygdala, (the “fight/flight/freeze” part) to increase in size and activity, and your prefrontal cortex (your higher reasoning center) to be less active. This leaves you in a state of constant alertness and anxiety. The world looks unsafe because you haven’t processed and resolved the traumas you’ve experienced. So, even when life is going smoothly, you can’t fully relax and we are always waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Trauma is very treatable and can even be a catalyst of growth, strength, and empowerment...
Your mind, like your body, heals itself if given the chance. I call this process “physical therapy for your brain” because through awareness, mindfulness, meditation, conscious thinking, and processing the traumatic events in a safe and healing environment, you can change the neural pathways in your brain, calm your amygdala, and light up that reasoning peaceful prefrontal cortex.
Like a strained muscle or a broken bone, ignoring a wound rarely leads to healing. But with proper care, not only can you heal from the trauma, but you can develop mental and emotional strengths and abilities that make you more resilient in the face of future challenges and more able to handle the difficulties of daily life.
We want to help you truly thrive in all areas of your life.