Amanda Esquivel

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #88617



Posted on June 7, 2017 at 2:45 PM

As a certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist I know we all experience some level of trauma over time.

Trauma can be defined as an event that falls outside the range of usual human experience that causes distress. Trauma can be grouped into two types:

1. Big T- is an event is one that most people would consider traumatic, such as a natural disaster or unexpected loss of a loved one.

2. Little T- is an event is one experienced as traumatic at a personal level, such as the loss of a pet or relationship breakup.

These are some common ways our body responds to trauma:

1. Freeze- your body stops to heighten awareness of whats going on around you.

2. Flight- Muscles tense up and body readies itself for fleeing because it senses a threat.

3. Fight- Wanting to confront the situation or perpetrator. Heart may increase as you attempt to counteract the danger.

If you are currently struggling through a traumatic experience or if you carry the hurt from a past traumatic experience please contact me as we can explore ways to heal from your past or present trauma.

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