What is Trauma?

Trauma is a common phenomena. This is a disturbance, shock or terrorising experience that could not be resolved.
During such shocking experiences, the body responds. Our bodys,’ like the rest of the natural world are set up for survival. This is the ‘fight and flight’ response. This sets off a change of hormonal responses to provide us with the energy to defend ourselves or run away. If this is able to take place, the hormones recede and the mind and body return to normal. If this didnt happen for a variety of reasons, there is a different outcome. The excessive charge of hormones remain trapped in the body. Further, the mind knows it couldnt defend itself. This often results in a state of hyper alertness, fear and anxiety. This can become the cause of a range of mental health problems.

 Trauma in five main types

While trauma is a complex subject, I have split it into five major areas.

1 Formative years. Poor bonding

Starting with the impact of relational responses in our formative years. The interpersonal, bonding style of parent to child.

This may start with problematic, confusing or painful experiences with their care givers. Parents who are still experiencing their own trauma. Such parents, even with good intentions may find it impossible to engage. This is often because they didn’t have a close connection with their own parents. They find it hard to connect with their emotions and engage in close way with their child.

When this Is not taking place the children often withdraw and shut down. Due to the pain felt, as all children need love and touch and to develop in a healthy way. Causing one level of distress or trauma for the child. Which may remain with them for life unless an appropriate way of healing can take place.

This means, a woman suffering with depression may feel numb. This means she may feel distracted, lost or sad. This passes on disturbing messages to her child. The child requires attention and unreserved love to develop and function well. If that is not available, the child takes on the idea or feeling that they are not deserving in some way.

2 The second is systemic.

If we imaging that a mother who is flat due to their own poor bonding is passing on this experience to their own child. , It is easy to see how this can become a systemic problem. This can result in each generation experiencing a poor sense of worth.

Poor self-esteem and motivation for life. Further, there may be generational trauma accompanying this. Or as the primary initial cause. They have a heavy destiny of misfortune or victimisation.

They often find such difficult destinies run out into their present lives as well. This may be a bonding issue with generational trauma underlying it

3 The third is:

Shock, disappointment, betrayal, of some sort at any stage of life.

4 The fourth:

is vicarious trauma. Many health workers live with this. Experiencing or witnessing extreme shock, violence, accidents, violation, atrocity has a trumatising effect.

5 The fifth:

is sexual abuse. This may be within the family. Or by a trusted person or institution. Alternatively it may be date rape or violent anonymous sexual attack,. Here we have systemic and personal trauma.

Trauma Informed with Trauma Skilled training

Trauma is a complex phenomena. It has a wide range of intensities. Trauma can become the basis of many mental health and substance abuse problems.

This is now acknowledged by many in the mental health industries. Mental health professions consisting of Counsellors, , psychotherapists, social workers, psychologists

This has resulted in Trauma informed practice with positive outcome.

The next step is Trauma skilled practice. This means training in the knowledge and skills for processing trauma. This means newer more effective ways that are brief, gentle and most of all effective.


The disturbances that come from trauma remain trapped in the body. If they are not processed in a healthy way, they remain and form problematic ways of coping.

Fight and flight response is not complete. 
Many of these disturbances form triggers into daily life. Into normal interactions, situations and relationships.
Others develop into mental illness, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, substance abuse.
People with underlying trauma may have panic attacks, flash backs, irrational fears. They may also have irrational beliefs and defensive behaviour.


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Trauma Quote from book:

 “Trauma may occur on a continuum from troubling emotional disturbances to extreme assaults on the mental, emotional, neural or body systems. As previously stated, Franz Ruppert, in his book, Trauma, Bonding & Family Constellations(2008), makes the point that there is a natural movement to complete the fight-or-flight response of the original traumatic situation that, in the case of those who are suffering from it, has often been interrupted.

If this cannot be completed at the time of the event, the trauma often remains in the body as an interrupted movement or disturbance that may be felt as an underlying anxiety. This may manifest as a mental health disorder, behaviour or disease. From a RCH perspective, trauma may be treated as individual or systemic.”


Yildiz Sethi 2016

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Trauma lies in the unconscious mind and in the body.
It needs to worked with at this level

Trauma in two Types

Trauma Therapy

Requires Two ways of Processing

Trauma Therapy

Trauma needs to be resolved with specific approaches for
The Personal and Systemic unconscious minds.

So in reducing stress, intense emotions and trauma, it can have a positive effect so that mental health may improve.

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