emma hogg, psychotherapist, malta, fibromyalgia, healing

How Trauma Triggered my Chronic Pain VLOG

In today’s vlog, I speak about how the chronic pain I’ve experienced for most of my life was triggered by traumatic events in my youth. I also speak about what’s happening on a physiological level when we experience trauma and how that contributes to chronic pain. Also, tips for getting the body and mind into a state where healing is possible.

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My body is a temple

Dear You,

A few weeks ago, I wrote to you about my commitment to self-awareness, “#40Days“. The challenge will ends today with an abundance of chocolate and the gathering of loved ones. I’ve enjoyed this time of self-reflection. I committed myself to regular writing, meditation and yoga. I found that the time I put aside helped me to see more clearly into the busyness of life that came in between. I still felt emotions that I did not understand and I definitely got caught up in taking on too much so as not to disappoint people. But, I knew that I could return to my practice whenever I needed to. And this regularity, this alone time, gave me space to be with myself however I was.

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To those who have experienced the impact of trauma

Hi!

Last Saturday I sat my final exam for my post-graduate diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy. I did well and after 12 years of working towards this goal, I am officially a Gestalt Psychotherapist!

For part of the exam, I had to give a presentation on any topic I wanted. I chose trauma. I feel it’s important that more people are aware of what happens to our bodies during moments of trauma and what impact this has on our psychological, physiological and social lives. I also wanted to explain some of the most important supportive factors that we use in therapy with our traumatised clients.

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