Therapy, in its simplest definition, is the process of looking at ourselves. Therapy assists and guides a person to review their histories and place them into a framework which allows them to develop further and with insight to become stronger. In short, the therapeutic process assists us to identify and manage the things that interfere in us being our true selves.
The nature of our lives brings challenges that result in periods of emotional distress. Most of the time, and for most people, they can find practices that allow them to move forward and usually continue without much effort. The situation passes and in parallel the distress passes. People who have experienced prolonged and exhaustive distress often feel like they live fragmented, disjointed lives filled with varying degrees of emotional experiences.
For example, an Occupational Stress Injury is simply a collection of stories (events) which have repeatedly occurred over extended periods of time. The prolonged exposure to traumatic events does affect us. The reason is our neurological, physiological and biological systems adapt to become constantly ready to manage distressing events.
At Occutrauma we view Occupational Stress Injury as normal. It is a normal reaction to abnormal events. Think of a stress injury more akin to a physical injury. Like a broken arm, assessment is needed (doctor and x-rays); Physiotherapy restores functionality through pain (work is required) and time is necessary to allow the body to do its work. In time full functionality is recovered. As doctors will attest, a broken arm eventually becomes physically stronger at the break point than before. Our bodies have a way of protecting us. If we break an arm the body says more calcium etc is needed as this may happen again.
Therapy allows many people (and their families) to become stronger following a diagnosis of PTSD, an Occupational Stress Injury or repeated and significant traumatic events. At Occutrauma we think the term PTSD is limiting and doesn’t denote the ability to not only overcome it but also to grow stronger because of it. So at Occutrauma we call it “Post Traumatic Growth.”