Cope or Heal?
We are all wounded in some way at some time in our life. As we progress to adulthood, those wounds often get triggered and impact our relationships with others, our view of self, and also impacts our spirituality. Research now shows that ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) are often passed from one generation to the next. These experiences impact the Window of Tolerance of our nervous system. The result of this childhood accumulative trauma can produce complex post-traumatic stress symptoms. Common symptoms can include anxiety, depression, obsessions, compulsions and other brain-related results of psychological injury.
We eventually come to a place where we realize that counseling has to look different. That is why 1 Identity Counseling focuses on healing those wounds and moving toward wholeness. We can learn to be aware of why we react, connect those reactions to past experience(s), and recognize that the situation in front of us is not the real problem.
After years of watching people find temporary relief through the strength of willpower or changing thought processes, it is important that we stop leaving clients feeling like a therapy failure. It is our job as therapists to find trauma informed ways for healing cat a core level.
This reality accentuates the need for a wholeness that positively impacts the behavior without cognitive-behavioral effort by addressing the underlying ’cause’ or ‘influence’ of the behavior.