I primarily approach working with trauma through the Hakomi Method. I utilize a mindfulness-based approach to hold and process through trauma with loving presence. This trauma could include the death of a loved one, military service, sexual assault, or childhood abuse.
Many therapists in the field will distinguish between “little t trauma” and “big t Trauma.” Big T Trauma refers to an intense acute experience that was to big for your system to handle on its own so it shifted in a fight/flight/freeze response. Good examples of this kind of trauma would be those mentioned above. Little t trauma is also often described as developmental trauma. These traumas usually accrue over time and are much less intense or acute. Nonetheless, they can be very disturbing to being able to live life fully. These kinds of trauma would include attachment styles and character developments that prevent you from being fully yourself and are usually rooted in fear. Some examples might include early childhood family dynamics, your experiences in romantic relationships or close friendships that were hurtful.