Has trauma changed your relationships?
I specialize in: aquired brain injury, couples, the impact of brain injury on couples and families, trauma and anxiety.
About Barbara Erickson, MA
After years of working with individuals and families who have experienced trauma, I have become acutely aware of the impact that trauma has on survivors and their support systems.
We do not exist in isolation. Everything we do has an affect of someone or something. So it is, that trauma survivors are changed by the trauma, and so are the people in their support system. I believe that not only is this support system impacted by trauma, but it can be one of the greatest avenues for healing from trauma.
Trauma symptoms such as emotional numbing, heightened irritability, difficulty trusting, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, anxiety and depression challenge the functioning of the relationships within the support system. As part of a vicious cycle, trauma symptoms cause relationship distress and relationship stress can increase trauma symptoms.
Although this is an all too common pattern, it doesn’t have to be this way.
I believe that by strengthening, building and maintaining a healthy support system for trauma survivors that the capacity to heal will improve. We cannot heal in isolation…