Feb. 7, 2020
012 - Hope and Growth from Trauma
Welcome to The Fully Lived Life podcast! A podcast for those who are longing to pursue the full life and want to break free from anything that holds them back. Listen in as two friends - a psychologist, Dr. Merry and a life coach, Gillian - talk about life, love and purpose - with wisdom, humour and transparency - through the lens of science, psychology, and life experiences.
In today’s episode, Dr. Merry helps us to understand how trauma affects our lives and creates barriers to stop us living the fully lived life. With years of clinical experience treating clients, Dr. Merry gently walks us through this tough subject to give us hope and help us move toward healing.
Trauma - “Big T” and “Little t”!
There is a difference between “big T” and “little t” trauma, but both are significant and in need of healing so we can move forward in our lives.
God has designed our brains to be remarkably resilient to trauma - especially early childhood trauma. But unresolved trauma can lead to PTSD.
Locked- in trauma becomes like a toxic waste bin in our brain that spills over into every area of our lives.
We cannot white knuckle our way through it and hope it goes away.
How can you pay attention to your own ways of moving through life to help you if you are affected by trauma? Pay attention to repetitive coping mechanisms, e.g., over-eating, increased anxiety, panic attacks, angry outbursts, and relationship breakdowns that could be signals to something deeper going on.
Merry walks us through an exercise to journal our history and what to do if this exercise stirs us up.
There are great therapeutic methods like EMDR and sand tray therapy that help people process trauma more effectively than talk therapy.
Trauma work should be done by a therapist specifically trained in trauma.
PTSD - signs and symptoms are discussed.
How to grow from trauma and heal so that we move forward in our lives and live the life we want to live.
Individuals who move through their trauma can be hope bearers for others.
If you believe you are suffering from trauma in your life please reach out for help.
LifeCare Centres: www.lifecarecentres.com
Dr. Merry’s book: https://amzn.to/2rCrJyI
Dr. Merry’s videos: https://bit.ly/377eFR0
Dr. Merry’s website: https://drmerry.com
Dr. Lin & Associates: http://drlinandassociates.com
Gillian’s Website: https://gillianmcshane.com
Romeo Daillaire: https://bit.ly/2FVWmmh