There are many facets to trauma, but one of the most important – and the one I find most often in my practice – relates to how emotional trauma impacts your health at a cellular level.
If an upsetting experience happens at a very young age, often there is no frame of reference for how to incorporate that experience, not only into your psyche but also into your body. In an effort to maintain health, both your psyche and your body develop certain frames of reference, or “adaptations,” so the trauma is buried deep into your being and you are able to continue to grow. The traumatic event, now hidden, is carried along with you and becomes part of you, for the body and psyche have an innate drive to grow and be as healthy as possible.
These adaptations work for a while, allowing you to develop, function, and get on with life. But often, as you go through life, you’ll notice that what had been a functional way of adapting to the trauma has now become burdensome. The original trauma, as yet undealt with, begins to interfere with your ability to achieve some of the things that are important to you. For example, in my practice I’ve worked with a woman who wanted to complete graduate school, but something always managed to get in her way of finishing. A common situation I’ve seen is wanting a committed relationship but being attracted to people who are not able to give you what you want and deserve.
As a homeopath, I seek to uncover your adaptations, for they form the basis for how illness develops both emotionally and physically. Fortunately, these adaptations also point us toward the solutions for regaining your health.
My client was ruthless in her determination to uncover all the aspects that were contributing to her nighttime distress. As we delved into the important minutia, her nighttime anxiety dramatically decreased, and for the first time in many years she was able to sleep through the night!