Trauma Informed Care
Trauma is much more common that we wish to believe. Over 80% of adults have had traumatic experiences. These can include car accidents, natural disasters, war, violence (even witnessing it), being harmed by others, being robbed, bullying, discrimination and oppression, sexual abuse, loss, death, divorce (you or your parents), and much more. When we experience trauma, we are overwhelmed and cannot fully process what happened. Part of us lives in that moment and we carry those wounds around with us. Trauma impacts our ability to function in at work or school, to engage in fun activities, to sleep, and to be ourselves. We react to life both with what is going on now and what happened in the past. You can heal from trauma and put it in the past.
The creative process (making music, visual art, dance/movement , written word, drama) allows us to take our traumatic experiences and turn them into art which allows the experiences to transform within us, processing the trauma and loss in a way that words cannot. Learn more about music therapy here.
When we are traumatized, we are faced with experiences that are beyond our ability to cope with. Our brains come up with creative ways to cope. These ways of coping work in the moment but not over time. By building new coping strategies, we can let go of the old ones that no longer serve us.