What To Do When Trauma Holds You Back

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Some Causes of Trauma

Emotional Neglect

If your caregiver failed to nurture you or give you the affection you needed and your memories of childhood may revolve around feeling left out, or not having your basic needs met. In cases of emotional neglect a child feels devalued and unloved which can have lasting effects through adulthood.

Physical Neglect

If your caregiver failed to provide you with the physical resources you needed when you were growing up, this is physical neglect. Physical neglect can be a side effect of partner violence. Children who witnessed close relatives being deprived of critical needs such as food, clothing, or shelter may feel helpless and suffer vicarious trauma.

Loss of Caregiver

When a child loses their parent or caregiver, the effects can be devastating. (This is especially true if they end up in foster care.) Even the youngest children feel the impact, though some assume they're too young to understand what has happened. It is this very inability to understand that causes them more trauma and distress.

Emotional Abuse

When the abuser intentionally causes injury to your dignity or psychological integrity. Some examples are threats, scapegoating, confining you to a closet or tying you to a chair, shaming, or forcing you to cause yourself pain.

Physical Abuse

When someone in authority over you hurts you in any tangible way, including cuts, bruises, scratches, burns, broken bones, or loss of consciousness. Physical injury is often the result of physical abuse. Physical abuse often leaves deep emotional scars.

Sexual Abuse

Childhood sexual assault has occurred if you were subjected to unwanted sexual touching or activity by an adult. Sexual assault usually happens with someone known or close to the family. Children who have witnessed sexual abuse can also suffer vicarious trauma.

Emotional Trauma Symptoms Checklist

Physical Trauma Symptoms Checklist

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Sandra Strandquist, LMSWA therapist can listen to your story, help you discover how¬† trauma affects you, and teach you new ways to think about what happened. We are honored that Sandra Strandquist, LMSW is offering her services to our Greater Hopes Community. Sandra received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah after obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado State University. Sandra has provided mental health services for over 15 years with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, couple, and family sessions. She has worked as a part of a sexual abuse treatment team and has years of experience working with chronic pain and trauma. Sandra works with issues such as anxiety, depression, parenting concerns, women’s issues, and sexual abuse. She is experienced in biofeedback and in stress management.

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