|Overcoming the Effects of Childhood Trauma|
Many adults who grew up emotionally neglected or abused as children feel inadequate or like there's something wrong with them. They often feel flawed and that they're not lovable.
|Overcoming the Effects of Childhood Trauma: Edward|
When his mother was home, she was often exhausted. Edward always knew that his mother loved him very much, but she no time for him. She missed school plays that he was in and couldn't come to watch him at his basketball games. One of his fondest memories was when his mother came to his high school graduation. But, even then, he was painfully aware that his mother wouldn't get paid for that day at work. In his first serious relationship, Edward had a hard time expressing his needs because he felt he wasn't entitled to have any of his emotional needs met, which frustrated his girlfriend.
Many of my colleagues and I have discovered that a more integrated, mind-body oriented psychotherapy is much more effective to help clients overcome trauma. This includes EMDR, clinical hypnosis, and Somatic Experiencing.
These mind-body approaches are usually more successful where talk therapy is not. None of these approaches is "a magic bullet" and there is still work to be done, but I find that, generally, these mind-body approaches work faster and in a more effective way than regular talk therapy.