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Trauma Can Be Life-Altering

Trauma can be defined as a distressing or disturbing event that causes psychological, physical, spiritual, or emotional injury that has a lasting, harmful impact on an individual’s physical and emotional health and well-being.

Some examples of trauma are:

  • Death of a loved one
  • Physical injury
  • Major illness
  • Sexual abuse
  • Rape / sexual assault
  • Child neglect or abandonment
  • War / Combat
  • Natural disasters
  • Terrorism
  • Acts of violence
  • Domestic abuse
  • Physical / Emotional / Psychological abuse
  • Prison stay
  • Divorce
  • Witnessing an accident or a death
  • Any occurrence that feels life-threatening

Most people are able to self-heal from a traumatic experience, but roughly 25% of the population is deeply impacted by the trauma they experience, and its effects are lasting. If you are among the 25%, you may suffer an overwhelming emotional response that you can’t seem to quiet down – even over time.

If the trauma is left unresolved, your ability to maintain a sense of normalcy may dissipate, and you may subsequently notice changes in behavior like:

  • Chronic irritability
  • Sudden, dramatic mood changes
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Short fuse
  • Difficulty sleeping / Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Withdrawal and isolation from people and life
  • Avoidance of anything reminding one of the event
  • Changes in appetite
  • Flashbacks of the traumatic event
  • Intrusive thoughts or memories related to the event
  • Difficulty remembering things
  • Everyday fear and nervousness
  • Heightened startle reflex

You may lose your sense of certainty about who you are.

The Effects of Trauma Can Be Debilitating

When the distress of a traumatic event remains persistent, you may try your best to shove it down – to push it away and forget about it. That might even work for awhile. But hidden trauma has a way of manifesting itself in other ways, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addiction/substance abuse
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Heart disease
  • COPD
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic headaches
  • and more…

It’s not always obvious…the ways that our hidden trauma attempts to get our attention.

In reality, our trauma is crying out for us to heal.

We can pretend we’re fine, and put on a smile to complete the illusion…

but as years go by, the effects of it manifest in a myriad of ways – if not physically, it can impact our self worth, self esteem, self confidence, relationships, and our success in life.

What Can You Do?

It’s actually not as complicated as people think. Your traumatic memories just need to be processed in the brain.

In a nutshell, during a traumatic event, our fight-or-flight center (the amygdala) hijacks our brain, and our “rational, thinking brain” shuts down. The amygdala records every single aspect of the traumatic event through sensory input – our five senses – but NOT with context. It’s a survival response that our brain then “globalizes” to give us the best chance of survival against anything that could be a repeat of the threat in the future. Our brain creates a “trauma pattern” from the sensory recordings.

So for instance, if someone witnessed a robbery at a convenience store by someone in a black hoodie, any similar sensory experience at a later time could trigger the trauma pattern.  This might include seeing someone in a black hoodie, or hearing bells similar to those that chime when someone enters the convenience store. The time of day could be a trigger, or perhaps the smell of hot dogs, if he or she was standing next to the hot dog cooker when the robber entered the store. It could be a raised voice, if the robber yelled threats at the clerk. He or she might start avoiding convenience stores altogether because the fear response is too great.

Without context, that traumatic event remains an unprocessed memory in the brain. Then, whenever triggered, your brain thinks it’s a current event – even years later – and you feel the fear and anxiety of it in your body. This is what drives some people to become reclusive and stay out of the world unless absolutely necessary.

The traumatic memory needs to be “processed” in order for your brain to convert it to a past event. 

Once the memory is processed, all associated symptoms disappear.

This is where I come in.

How I Can Help You

I use a painless technique – and when I say painless, I mean physically AND emotionally – to help your brain process the memory.

You do NOT need to discuss the details of your trauma with me.

A session with me is calming, safe, and often Kleenex-free.

So Who Am I?

I am a certified Life Coach and Hypnotherapist specializing in Rapid Trauma Recovery.

I’m not your average Life Coach.

I have my own loooong journey with trauma.

In 2004, I was diagnosed with PTSD following the traumatic birth of my daughter. The original source of my trauma was years of childhood sexual abuse. I tried to ignore these sudden symptoms of nightmares, depression, flashbacks of my trauma, vivid memories, rising anxiety… I kept it all to myself because I thought I was going crazy. I didn’t know what PTSD was.

An acquaintance of my sister’s hired me part-time as his assistant, and it was a dream job because I wanted so badly to be a stay-at-home mom. This position was entry level compared to the government job I held before my baby was born. Imagine my immense grief and sense of failure when just 6 months later, I was fired because I made unacceptable mistakes. That had never happened to me before. I’d suddenly transformed from a competent Executive Assistant able to annihilate any challenge, into someone who crumbled at the sight of dirty dishes. Everything overwhelmed me, and I fell into a deep depression.

So I thought if I just worked harder an DID more, I’d overcome whatever this was haunting me. So I tried to build a jewelry business. I built a website. I spent a few thousand dollars we didn’t have on materials, and worked long days, trying not to think about my growing emotional turmoil.

You can only contain pressure for so long without release.

I did NOT want to see a therapist or ask for help. They had hurt me in the past, and I thought I could get better on my own. I was wrong. As my symptoms pushed me to suicidal ideations, I finally reached out. I painfully told my story over and over again to EIGHT THERAPISTS, and each one rejected me.  Their words were similar to, “Your issues are too much for this clinic. I’m afraid we can’t help you.”

I felt like damaged goods, hopeless, and helpless.

But I persisted, and finally found someone. More than FOUR YEARS later of intense (and brutally painful) therapy, I had worked through my trauma, and then I became determined to fully heal myself so that I could help others heal, too.  PTSD had nearly destroyed my family, and ME. The pain of trauma had taken so much from me, and I knew of countless others who were suffering the same fate.

I wanted to help.

In 2010 I felt a strong desire to write my story. My memoir, The Invisible Storm, became my first big accomplishment since I’d been diagnosed with PTSD in 2004.

( Available on Amazon)

I published The Invisible Storm in 2013 – the same year I went to school to become a certified life coach. Full of ambition, I also started a local PTSD support group. I just wanted so badly to help others with PTSD – to let them know they weren’t alone in their struggle.

But I rushed my healing.  I learned it is a complex journey, full of twists and turns, and it can feel SO SLOW.  I wanted so badly to be healed 100% from the damage PTSD had done, but despite my years of therapy, I was still triggered, and I still lived in fear. My enthusiasm didn’t override the trauma patterns my brain had created. So I just kept looking for answers.

In 2019, I found it: The solution to healing trauma QUICKLY.

And guess what? IT WASN’T TALK THERAPY!

You see, my own repulsion towards therapy came first from the overwhelming fear of talking about my trauma. I fully believed that if I talked about it, the pain would kill me. Secondly, was the fact that I had been deeply scarred by therapists in the past, and I didn’t trust them.

I believe that fear is the main reason why others keep their trauma hidden, and try to just stuff it down and forget it ever happened. But trauma doesn’t work that way. It doesn’t stay stuffed.

So during my research for a quicker way, my hopes skyrocketed when I came across a technique popular in the United Kingdom.

Results showed that this technique successfully eliminated PTSD symptoms in just 1-3 sessions

by processing the trauma in the brain, and it worked for 97% of the people who tried it!

The best part is, the client doesn’t have to talk about their trauma.

The Proof is in the Pudding Results: My First Client

I got fully trained in this technique, and I was SO nervous when I sat down with my first client to try it out. Were all the amazing case studies I’d read REAL? Was this really going to eliminate PTSD symptoms as quickly as they claimed?

I was first encouraged at the end of the session when my client opened her eyes and said, “I feel sooooooo peaceful! I haven’t felt this way in SO long!!!”

I checked in her two days later… Her response?

“No nightmares, slept through the night, no waking, no sleeping meds needed.”

First time in a LONG TIME.

I cried. In that precious moment, the pain of my own journey with trauma and PTSD was worth it, because every single step had brought me to right where I am today: having this tool in my hands that would actually eliminate symptoms of PTSD in just 1-3 sessions. No years of therapy needed.

I went to work with other clients who were suffering from the effects of past trauma.

I am THRILLED to say that it has been effective for 100% of my clients!!!!

Some AMAZING results:

  • On a scale of 0-10, distress from thinking about the trauma dropped from a 9 or 10 to a 0 or 1 at the end of a single session.
  • Unwanted emotional ties felt towards abuser disappeared after a single session.
  • YEARS of a reoccurring nightmare ended after a single session.
  • High anxiety visible in client disappeared by the end of the session.
  • PTSD symptoms diminished after a single session.

I don’t have words for what this has done for my heart… I have been moved to tears more than once simply because I KNOW PAIN. I know suffering. It took me so many years to heal, but now I have an opportunity to help others end their pain – and transform their life – with this incredible technique to process trauma, and I am overwhelmed.

Imagine… no more YEARS of talk therapy!!!  Fun Fact: Talk therapy has been shown to actually reinforce and deepen the impressions of trauma in the brain – not heal it!

My services will benefit anyone who has been held back in life because of traumatic experiences. It would be my greatest honor to be a part of your healing journey!!  And my goal is to make it as quick as possible!! 🙂

Let’s get you back to LIVING!!!

If you would like any additional information, or have questions about my services and how they might benefit you or someone you care about, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Remember: You were born to Do Brave!!! And you deserve to be free from the trauma of your past!

With love,
Juanima Hiatt

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