Trauma is a word that we hear a lot but it can be hard to know exactly what that means. We are here to demystify it !
Trauma occurs when an individual feels emotionally and/or physically powerless, overwhelmed, unable to cope and cannot integrate the emergent feelings and sensations.
This may be a single incident or it may be a long term environment that continually erodes a person's sense of safety and agency.
What is traumatic for one person may not be for another. It is a person's subjective understanding and experience of a situation that is critical.