We’ve all had some trauma in our lives, and some of us develop symptoms based on how we integrate the information from the event.
This is a special #LitUp2021 throwback episode with Alyssa Mancao, LCSW. She discusses how trauma manifests in the body, her practice using EMDR, how we develop core subconscious beliefs about ourselves based on our past, and oh, so much more!
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My Favorite Takeaways From This Episode:
–Physical signs of trauma: difficulties falling asleep, headaches, gut issues, not eating enough/eating too much
-Trauma manifesting in our relationships: anxiety, difficulties trusting others, irritability, withdrawal
–We develop these core subconscious beliefs about ourselves and the world that tend to be negative resulting from trauma (i.e. the world is not safe; I’m not good enough)
–Mindfulness allows you to notice exactly what you feel, notice where you feel it in the body, holding space for it, not judging it as good or bad, recognizing it as there, not trying to change or manipulate it or make it go away. Sit there with it and try to understand it.
–Bring in evidence to challenge your thoughts; what are the reasons to support this thought and what are the reasons to challenge this thought?
My Favorite Quotes From Alyssa:
“When a wound hasn’t been resolved, it kind of gets repeated in different relationships.”
“Trauma is anything that overwhelms our capacity to cope.”
“Feelings aren’t facts. However, what you feel is valid. What you are feeling is information; but the story you’re telling yourself around what you’re feeling isn’t always true.”
“You are not what happened to you.”
“Whatever we’re choosing to see in others is a reflection of either what is happening inside of us or what we’re choosing not to see in ourselves.”