Many people do not understand the significant impact a traumatic event can have on an individual. Furthermore, that event may be triggered months or years later when least expected, which is called re-traumatization. I have personally suffered a sexual assault, and when this was triggered for me, I experienced an array of debilitating symptoms that I did not understand or know how to work through. Trauma and being re-traumatized creates disconnection from one's self and also from the present moment. Working with a trauma-informed and compassionate therapist, in addition to receiving support from family and friends, is how I worked to process and successfully overcome this horrible experience.
"The role of the psychotherapist is to provide the client with a secure base from which he/she can explore their life, past and present, many of which he/she finds difficult or perhaps impossible to think about and reconsider without a trusted companion to provide support, encouragement, sympathy, and, on occasion guidance" - John Bowlby
"The essence of trauma is disconnection from the self, so healing is reconnecting with the self"
- Dr. Gabor Maté