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UNDERSTANDING THE VARIED IMPACT OF TRAUMA ON PEOPLE'S LIVES: INSIGHTS FROM AN EMDR THERAPIST


Hi ! Welcome to this episode where we share an understanding about varied impact of trauma on people's lives. We’ll share with you an insight as an EMDR therapists.

Trauma is a psychological response to deeply distressing events that shatter an individual's sense of safety and well-being. It can stem from a range of experiences, such as physical or emotional abuse, accidents, natural disasters, combat, or even ongoing systemic oppression. One striking aspect of trauma is its capacity to evoke vastly different responses in individuals. While some might exhibit visible symptoms immediately following the traumatic event, others might seem relatively unaffected, only to experience distressing reactions years later. These varying responses are influenced by factors like genetics, previous life experiences, coping mechanisms, and support systems.

Wenpower acknowledges that trauma can lead to a broad range of emotional reactions, from acute anxiety, anger, and sadness to emotional numbness and detachment. Some individuals might develop mood disorders, such as depression or PTSD. Others might withdraw socially, avoiding situations that remind them of the trauma or isolating themselves from loved ones. Substance abuse, self-harm, and risky behaviors can also emerge as maladaptive coping mechanisms.

The cognitive impact of trauma is notable as well. It can lead to intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, and nightmares, all of which can be incredibly distressing. Trauma can significantly strain relationships. A person who has experienced trauma might struggle to connect with others emotionally, exhibit heightened levels of mistrust, leading to difficulties in forming and maintaining close relationships.

The effects of trauma can spill over into one's professional and academic life, leading to frustration, decreased self-esteem, and a heightened risk of burnout.

The link between trauma and physical health is well-established. Individuals who have experienced trauma are at an increased risk of developing chronic health conditions. Cultural and contextual factors play a significant role in shaping how trauma is understood, experienced, and expressed. Societal attitudes, cultural norms, and available support systems all contribute to the way trauma is processed.

As EMDR therapists at Wenpower, we have the privilege of walking alongside our clients as they confront their past traumas, rewrite their internal narratives, and ultimately move towards a brighter future.


If you would like to know more about this subject or if you would like a discussion related to your personal circumstance or …. if you know someone who needs help please feel free to reach out to us via star@wenpower.org or on direct line +44 7743 999 072 or www.wenpower.org.


Our mission is to provide safe space for healing and growth, guiding you through trauma recovery and helping you rediscover resilience, strength, and peace.

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