Trauma is a unique mental health paradigm. After a very stressful or traumatic event, we may feel numb, frozen, almost as if stuck in time, stuck in the event itself, and unable to move into the present moment. Anxiety, fatigue, depression, insomnia, and recurrent dreams are common in persons suffering from trauma.

Studies show that talk therapy is not the best choice to heal trauma. We do not need to understand what happened as much as we need to learn and practice techniques that help get us unstuck, help move us back into the present moment.

Over the last few decades, specialists have explored the healing of trauma. They have found that when we partner up with our body and our deeper creative mind, healing can ensue. You see, the brain is equipped with healing mechanisms, but most of us don’t know how to utilize these mechanisms without guidance. On his website, Dr. James S. Gordon, a psychiatrist who has worked with emotional trauma for more than 20 years, writes about the benefits of imagery and visualization, of breathing techniques, and of drawing and journaling. I would add mindfulness, deep relaxation and prayer to this list – the most important thing is to find what works for you, and to be consistent.

These same modalities are described in my book, Healing Breastfeeding Grief. If you are suffering from breastfeeding grief, I encourage you to read my book. It is not a book that merely provides information. Rather, I have chosen my words carefully, to actually instruct your mind in self-healing. As one reviewer writes, “Healing starts on the first page.”

 

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