We all have basic psychological needs of meaningful human relationships, the ability to influence events in our lives, and to freely choose who and what we want to become. But sometimes we can experience disturbing life events that can diminish our sense of connection to others, competency, and autonomy.
Disturbing life experiences may include unexpected events such as an assault or accident. They may also include repeated exposure to traumatic events through job occupations, or childhood experiences of maltreatment, bullying, or parental divorce.
Traumatic life experiences can affect our ability to optimally function in the present. Memories, feelings, and beliefs that are associated with trauma can cloud our perceptions and responses to people and situations in the current circumstances of our lives.
Because of how the brain fragments and stores traumatic events, reactions and behaviors in the present can be influenced by upsetting experiences from the more recent or distant past. This process can be out of our full awareness, and therefore, not in our full control.
Healing the psychological wounds from disturbing life experiences can open new pathways to personal growth, meaningful relationships, and awareness of future possibilities.
“I propose that the purpose of the psychotherapy is to
set people free."