Trauma

Come to me and I will give you rest—all of you who work so hard beneath a heavy yoke. Wear my yoke—for it fits perfectly—and let me teach you; for I am gentle and humble, and you shall find rest for your souls; for I give you only light burdens.”                                                                                            Matthew 11:28

I am not an expert in Trauma Informed Care, but I do try to adhere to the principles of this methodology in my practice. This treatment philosophy pays close attention to the pervasive nature of trauma in the lives of our clients, especially early-life trauma. There are many events that can cause trauma, such as neglect, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, as well as, at times, the effects of living with developmental and physical maladies which isolate or delay typical maturation and growth.

Witnessing trauma is also traumatic. Children who see violence early in life, especially among family members, can have significant emotional delays. Indeed, early trauma can actually change the way that the brain develops, thus having a life-long effect on the child as he/she grows up.

In the world we inhabit, we are surrounded by violent and disturbing acts. It is true that previous generations lived in violent times as well- perhaps even more so- as survival may have depended on performing violent acts. Yet in our world, we are surrounded by the news every day, which steadily pounds a beat of traumatic events before our eyes and ears. In fact, it is so prevalent, we have become inured to it. The next terrible mass shooting is simply that- the next one. We have lost the capacity to be properly outraged.

I certainly do not know the answers here. I do believe that the confluence of anger, the failure to provide significant mental health evaluation and treatment, and the abundance of weapons, has brought together a critical mass of trouble.

Prayer: Lord give us wisdom as to how to proceed in a world that loses its way without you, Amen.

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