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Overcoming childhood trauma

Updated: Apr 18, 2023

Dr. Gabor Maté is a renowned expert in the field of trauma and its effects on physical and mental health. According to his work, childhood trauma can have a significant impact on an individual's emotional and physical well-being throughout their lifetime. Some of the potential effects of childhood trauma based on Gabor Maté's work include:

1. Developmental delays or alterations in brain structure: Trauma can interfere with normal development in children, leading to delays in cognitive, emotional, and social development. Particularly in areas related to emotional regulation and stress response. 2. Mental health issues: Childhood trauma can increase the risk of developing mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction. 3. Physical health problems: Trauma can lead to chronic stress, which can have a negative impact on physical health. For example, it can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions. 4. Impaired relationships: Childhood trauma can make it challenging for individuals to form healthy, stable relationships as adults. They may struggle with trust, intimacy, and emotional regulation. 5. Self-destructive behaviors: Trauma can lead to self-destructive behaviors such as substance abuse, self-harm, and risky sexual behaviors. 6. Dissociation: Trauma can cause individuals to dissociate or disconnect from their emotions, which can make it difficult for them to process and cope with traumatic experiences.

7. Significant effect on the nervous system: Hyperarousal: Childhood trauma can lead to a state of hyperarousal, in which the nervous system is in a constant state of heightened activity. This can result in increased heart rate, hypervigilance, and a heightened startle response. Hypoarousal: Alternatively, childhood trauma can result in a state of hyperarousal, in which the nervous system becomes desensitized to stimuli. This can result in a lack of emotional responsiveness, dissociation, and a decreased ability to regulate emotions. 8. Altered stress response: Childhood trauma can alter the way the body responds to stress. For example, a traumatized individual may have a lower threshold for stress, which means that they may become overwhelmed more easily than others. Alternatively, they may have a blunted stress response, which means that they may not respond as strongly to stressful situations as others.

Overall, Dr. Gabor Maté's and many other research studies and professionals in the field suggest that childhood trauma has profound effects on the developing brain, which can impact an individual's physical and emotional health in numerous ways, it may not show up for months, years, even decades later.

Childhood trauma and stressful events can take many different forms, some are obvious, and others are much more subtle.
  1. Physical abuse: Physical abuse involves intentional harm to a child's body, such as hitting, slapping, or shaking.

  2. Emotional abuse: Emotional abuse involves repeated patterns of harmful behavior, such as belittling, humiliating, or rejecting a child.

  3. Sexual abuse: This can include the sexualization of the child.

  4. Neglect: Neglect occurs when a child's basic needs or emotional needs are unmet.

  5. Parental substance abuse: Substance abuse by a parent can lead to neglect, abuse, or other harmful behaviors toward a child.

  6. Parental mental illness: Mental illness in a parent can affect a child's emotional and psychological well-being.

  7. Parental illness and death: A caregiver going through illness and or death.

  8. Domestic violence: Exposure to domestic violence can have a traumatic effect on children, even if they are not direct targets of the violence.

  9. Community violence or complex family issues: Exposure to community violence or emotional neglect and abuse.

  10. Medical trauma: Medical trauma can occur when a child experiences a serious illness, injury, or medical procedure that is painful or frightening.

  11. Natural disasters or pandemics.

  12. Financial family problems.

It's important to note that the impact of childhood trauma and stress can vary widely from person to person, there is a genetic factor also on how people are primed to deal with stressful events and trauma.

Many of my clients and my own childhood was a result of chronic traumatic and stressful events.

This all can negatively impact relationships, work, physical and mental health, lack of self-worth and self-love, which can lead to feelings of shame, guilt, anger, and fear.

Some of the effective therapies I use include:

- Firstly, Nervous System Regulation: a flexible adaptive nervous system able to manage stress as we dive deep into releasing unresolved emotions from the past.

- Quantum Inner Child Healing: a hypnotic step-by-step process

IEMT (Integral Eye Movement Therapy) can be successful in treating childhood trauma and inner child healing.

  1. Trauma-focused therapy:

IEMT is a trauma-focused therapy that is specifically designed to help individuals process and reframe traumatic memories and experiences, which can be particularly effective for individuals who have experienced childhood trauma.

  1. Emotional regulation therapy: IEMT can help individuals regulate their emotions by facilitating the processing and release of difficult emotions associated with childhood trauma, leading to improved emotional regulation and greater overall well-being.

  2. Healing from childhood abuse: IEMT can help individuals heal from the negative impact of childhood abuse by addressing the root causes of the trauma and helping individuals to reprocess and reframe those experiences in a more positive and adaptive way.

  3. EMDR therapy: IEMT shares similarities with EMDR therapy, as both use eye movements to help individuals reprocess traumatic memories, but IEMT also incorporates other therapeutic techniques such as mindfulness-based therapy.

  4. Inner child therapy: IEMT can be a particularly effective form of inner child therapy, as it helps individuals to access and reprocess difficult emotions and experiences associated with childhood trauma, leading to greater self-awareness and healing.

Quantum Inner Child Healing can help with emotional regulation and healing unresolved emotions that we may not even be conscious of:

  1. Accessing the subconscious: Quantum Inner Child Healing allows individuals to access the subconscious mind, where unresolved emotions and traumatic experiences may be stored. This can lead to greater self-awareness and understanding of one's emotional triggers, and can help individuals to regulate their emotions more effectively.

  2. Addressing past traumas: Quantum Inner Child Healing can help individuals to heal from past traumas that may be impacting their emotional regulation in the present. By revisiting and reframing these experiences in the quantum field, in a safe and supportive environment, individuals can release negative emotions and patterns of behavior that are no longer serving them.

  3. Balancing the energetic body: Quantum Inner Child Healing also involves balancing the energetic body, which can help to release stored emotional energy and promote overall healing. By addressing imbalances in the body's energy centers, individuals can experience a greater sense of emotional regulation and well-being.

If you experienced adverse or stressful childhood or adult experiences and would like to reach out to me to see if I would be the right fit as a therapist for you, feel free to contact me.

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