The decisions you made during a traumatizing event about yourself, other people, and safety in the world, can color many of your future decisions. Those decisions can lead you to a life that is much smaller and less fulfilling than you really want and are capable of having. You already know that it can cause anxiety, panic and depression – even if you haven’t linked a specific event to your feelings. You may have even forgotten the event or minimized it, denied it, or stifled it.
You know you are traumatized when:
- Your world becomes smaller and smaller – you keep to yourself more as time goes by.
- You may have a pervasive sense of feeling hopeless/helpless or not in control of your own life.
- Illnesses develop – and you intuitively know they are caused by trapped emotions.
- You still have an emotional “charge” on a past event even if you’ve already worked on clearing it.
- You have episodes of panic or anxiety and have no idea why.
- You have too many losses and too much grief to process and you feel fragmented.
Resolving your own seriously traumatizing events by yourself is not something you should do.
What to look for when you are searching for a trauma therapist who is the right fit for you:
- Look for a therapist who specializes in resolving trauma.
- Find out if that person will talk with you before scheduling a session so you can see if there is rapport.
- Try to get a sense of the person – has he or she done her own personal growth homework?
- Find out if the therapist has experience with the type of issue you want help with.
- Look for a combination of compassion and clear logical thinking when you talk with the potential therapist.
- Don’t be afraid to say no if you have doubts about the person’s ability to help you.
- Don’t be afraid to say yes if you get an “antzy” feeling that might be anticipation of progress which means change!
Watch a 20-minute video interview with Dr. Drewry on the topic of resolving PTSD.