Michele Morelli is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) in private practice at Trinity Family Counseling Center. She recently joined our staff following completion of her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from Sienna Heights University.
Are you feeling stuck in life? Many difficulties we experience in life are rooted in unresolved emotional issues involving trauma and grief. We often think of trauma as a big event involving death, for example. But everyone processes trauma and grief differently and what traumatizes one person may be insignificant to another.
The American Psychological Association defines trauma as: an emotional response to a difficult event. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical features. Unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea are longer-term reactions. These symptoms are normal, but some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. An experienced trauma counselor can help these individuals find constructive ways of managing their emotions.
Research has found that people don't think clearly when they are ensnared in trauma. Neuroscience (the study of the brain) reports that when we are in an emotional situation, our sympathetic nervous system prepares the body for physical activity, referred to as the fight-or-flight response. When we are in this response mode, we often think irrationally. People feel distressed when faced with information that contradicts ideas that they are invested in believing. Without realizing it, they resolve this dilemma by finding ways to support what they already believe, and this may involve irrational solutions.
2 Timothy 1:7 reminds us: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (King James Version)