The word trauma means wound in greek. Wounds heal, but sometimes they leave scars. The same is true of psychological trauma – it leaves an imprint in the memory which persists in the present. Everybody experiences trauma, but sometimes it is so great that we can’t fully heal on our own reseources. We need help to overcome traumatic events and remember that those of us who have lived through trauma are more than just survivors. The opposite of trauma is resilience, which comes from the Latin verb “resilire”, meaning “to spring back”, or “to recoil”. Trauma and resilience are normal. If you suffer a physical or psychological injury (trauma), your mind and body will naturally try and heal (resilience).
You are much stronger than you think
No matter how great the injury, or how bad you feel afterwards, you naturally do the best you can to survive – your body and unconscious mind do it for you, even if your conscious mind doesn’t realise.
In this section, you’ll find some resources to help you understand trauma from a neurological perspective and I explain how the science is linked to the experience of unresolved trauma. I help you understand why your problems are happening, why they’re not going away, and what I can do to help.
The fact that you’re reading this means your body and mind – you – have succeeded in keeping you alive and thriving. Well done!