When Trauma Occurs

Trauma erodes our basic sense of safety. Prior to trauma we feel we have a certain amount of control over our lives and trust we will be safe without even consciously thinking about it most of the time. When trauma occurs, safety is no longer a given and there is a loss of control that leaves us feeling helpless and often terrified. Here are steps to take to begin the process of healing from trauma:

1. Regain a sense of safety – this requires vigilant self care and coping

2. Connect with safe individuals

3. Maintain a daily routine similar to before the trauma occurred

4. Get professional help if unable to do this on our own


About Dr. Ann Goelitz

Dr. Goelitz is a writer and a scholar with a wide scope of clinical experience, ranging from working with trauma survivors after September 11th to her role as a psychiatric social worker at a top New York hospital. For the past ten plus years, she has specialized in her private practice on cognitive behavioral therapy, dream analysis, and EMDR, helping clients navigate transitions and heal from trauma and loss. A seasoned educator, she has done extensive public speaking, published numerous articles, and co-authored an award winning resource directory for caregivers. Her soon-to-be published book, From trauma to healing, has received endorsement and accolades from leaders in the field of trauma. Her latest writing projects include a book on how to cope with stress written with both laypeople and professionals in mind. She has taught at Columbia University and Hunter College.
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