Trauma from an Energy Psychology Point of View
When doctors measure your heart’s activity with an EKG or your brain’s activity with an EEG, the graphs show the frequency patterns of electricity running through them. Three thousand years ago, the Chinese realized our bodies are electrical and decided to map the circuits. We call this map the meridian system, which is the basis of Chinese medicine, acupuncture and acupressure. These forms of energy psychology can be used to treat trauma; energy psychology for trauma.
When you experience a traumatic event, not only does it disturb you emotionally, but your body’s energy pathways get short circuited. It is like having someone stick a screw driver into your wiring system. This short circuit is triggered by people, things or situations that are in anyway similar or associated with the traumatizing event. It throws you off balance. Repeated triggering not only re-traumatizes you, but makes inappropriate associations or energy pathways in your nervous system that change your personality and way of dealing with life.
Everyone has experienced events that were traumatic for them, events that involved embarrassment, pain, loss or danger. These traumatic events are stored in the nervous system and become “the buttons” that get pushed by others, throwing you out of balance. This is why years of using talk therapy alone may not heal old wounds.
Scientific breakthroughs in energy psychology have made techniques available that bring effective, long lasting relief. They can help you understand yourself holistically and make connections between mind, body and spirit in therapy. You can learn to bring all aspects of yourself into balance by reconnecting the short circuits and getting in touch with your innate spiritual nature. Then you will see yourself differently and experience more happiness and freedom in your life.
Along with energy psychology, I use the most powerful healing resources available, which are compassion, intuition, spiritual guidance, faith, forgiveness and love, because an open heart brings quicker results from all healing methods.
Were You Traumatized?
See a list of trauma symptoms and learn what you can do about it. Learn how you can trigger an innate, natural stress release process in the brain that often produces rapid and long lasting changes even when other types of treatment have failed.
- Do disturbing memories haunt you or interfere with your sleep?
- Are you afraid to go places or do things that are important to you?
- Were you in an accident or natural disaster?
- Did you witness an assault or rape, or were you the victim of violence?
- Were you physically, emotionally or sexually abused or assaulted?
- Did you lose a loved one suddenly through an accident, suicide or violence?
- Do you suffer from depression, anxiety, addiction, phobia or self-esteem issues?
- If you answered “Yes” to even one of these questions, the effects of trauma may be interfering with your happiness, productivity, popularity and success. Most people don’t realize that they have been traumatized. The symptoms of trauma show up in many different ways, including personality changes, aggressive and avoidance behaviors, withdrawal, fearful reactions, re-experiencing traumas, memory and concentration problems, sleep disorders, and nervous habits.
Most people don’t seek therapy for one of the following reasons:
1) They don’t recognize the impact of traumatic events on them
2) They don’t think anything can help, or
3) They don’t want to bring up painful memories, thinking that “not remembering” will protect them from the pain.
Like ostriches with their heads buried in the sand, some people think that by denying or repressing a memory, it won’t affect them, while those around them may be painfully aware of its affects.
One of the biggest myths is that time heals all wounds. Time does not heal all wounds. They may not remain on the surface, but they are still active as triggers that reinforce old wounds. Unhealed wounds are emotional buttons that get pushed involuntarily, triggering inappropriate emotional and sometimes physical reactions that adversely affect our lives and our health. They can actually get worse over time
Until recently, most people have been unaware of any effective methods for giving significant help to those suffering from trauma and Post Traumatic Stress. Now there are several powerful energy psychology tools available that can trigger an innate, natural stress release process in the brain that often produces rapid and long lasting changes even when other types of treatment have failed.
Kalie Marino, MSW, clinical therapist, specializes in trauma and relationship issues. She can be reached at 215-672-1599 for private sessions and educational lectures.