Trauma & Abuse: Whether long past or recent, traumatic experiences can overload our brains, leaving us with unprocessed feelings that result in symptoms such as anxiety, intrusive images and flashbacks, numbness, and overwhelming emotions and sensations. As victims of trauma we may have trouble finding words for our experiences, especially if the trauma was suffered at the hands of a childhood caretaker. These problems prevent us from living fully in the present and can disturb our capacity for relationships. The first goal of therapy is to minimize distress that can disrupt daily life. Next, we will focus on how to regain what has been lost—including the ability to feel and to trust yourself and others—and reclaim the life you were meant to live.