Trauma reaction is the inability to move the sensory memories of those traumatic experiences to our cognitive memory where the information can be processed, managed and reframed as a memory and not something that is happening in the here and now.
When we think about trauma, we typically picture a war veteran. However, many others suffer with trauma or post traumatic stress disorder as a result of experiencing a life threatening situation, having recurring intrusive thoughts of the experience which results in a constant state of hypervigilance, anxiety and ultimately depression. The experience(s) can be a result of domestic violence, bullying, physical or sexual abuse, natural disaster, a life threatening accident, terrorism or war, which can affect any age group and stay with you for many years - hindering your ability to live up to your full potential.
Lea utilizes interventions such as neurofeedback and art activities to assist in bringing the sensory information to “words” and help the victim use cognitive reframing to make sense of the trauma. Neurofeedback can bring about a calmness to assist in the cognitive reframing process. The “victim” can then move from being a survivor of trauma to a thriver of trauma, allowing their future to be free of intrusive thoughts and memories.
Lea has extensive experience working with children, teens, adults, families and veterans who have been exposed to a traumatic event(s) and now live a life free of intrusive memories!