Benefits of working together

PTSD is personal, very personal. 

That’s why two people can be faced with the exact same traumatic situation, but have very different responses.

Having worked closely with trauma throughout the years, I understand the devastating effect it can have on our emotional and physical wellbeing. 

With a very clear understanding that one size does not fit all, we will use a bottom up approach to directly address your physical and emotional symptoms.

Your specific needs will be met by combining 30 years’ experience as a Nurse and Paramedic, with the cutting-edge Energy Psychology modalities, Emotional Freedom Techniques (Tapping) and Matrix Reimprinting.

These modalities rapidly reduce the emotional and physical distress that occurs with PTSD, by identifying the negative beliefs taken on the time of trauma. 

By acknowledging and releasing the emotional charge, it sends a signal to the brain and body that the trauma is over.

They are gentle, easy to use, permanent and compliment all current Psychological and Medical care.

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

For trauma to occur, two things happen

1. The Fight/Flight/Freeze response is triggered

2. Our survival is threatened leaving us feeling totally helpless.

The Fight-Flight-Freeze response or acute stress response, is the body’s automatic nervous system designed to protect us from threat or danger. This is a good thing as it keeps us safe. It is designed to respond quickly and when the danger is over return the body to normal.

 

FIGHT/FLIGHT

There are times when we are faced with danger and may need to defend ourselves by staying to fight, or escape in a hurry and take flight. The body chemically and physically prepares us to stay and do battle or get us ready to run.

Interestingly both fight and flight give us the chance to get out of danger and fear and return us to our normal state of being.

Signs

  • Fast heart rate and increased blood pressure  
  • Perspiration, tense muscles, knotted stomach, nausea
  • Trembling, crying, anger, desire to kick or punch
  • Dilated pupils 
  • Deep breaths as lungs take in more oxygen

 

FREEZE

At other times if we perceive that we can’t fight or run, we may simply freeze.

This freeze response is normal; it's the body's way of trying to keep us safe. If we can’t fight our attacker or run away from it, we may be safer to just freeze on the spot.

This response works well at the time of danger but it isn't something that we want to continue to experience.

The trouble is, at the time of freezing we feel all alone, and become overwhelmed and paralysed in fear. 

We detach from our reality due to the emotions being too overwhelming to deal with in the moment (dissociation)

Our subconscious splits off, holding all the sensory information at the time including sights, sounds, smells, colours, people, emotions.

Most importantly we also develop a belief about ourselves or the world at the time e.g. I failed, I’m unsafe, I’m guilty, it’s my fault, I’m alone.

It is these beliefs that subconsciously form the perspective by which we view the world following trauma. They become the story of our lives and can cause unhealthy and self-sabotaging behaviours.

Signs

  • Feeling stuck in some part of the body       
  • Feeling cold or numb       
  • A sense of stiffness or inability to move,      
  • Holding breath, sense of dread, dissociation.

The problem arises when non-life-threatening events trigger the Fight/Flight/Freeze response and subconscious beliefs e.g. I’m unsafe, eliciting the same physical responses of feeling anxious, paralysed, frozen or feeling dissociated.

This can be caused by something as simple as, hearing a loud noise, smelling certain odours, watching a distressing news clip, going to the supermarket.

Immediately we are taken back to the original moment of trauma.

In effect, we never get to “thaw out” or “let go” of the original freeze moment.

If we continually experience traumatic events or relive them through memories over and over the brain is constantly in a state of stress.

Our fearful thoughts trigger uncomfortable feelings and our uncomfortable feelings trigger further fearful thoughts. 

It’s like being on a merry-go-round that won’t stop, leaving us in a continuous Fight/Flight/Freeze response.