Trauma Causes and Care

Trauma Causes and Care


There are many causes of trauma and in this Blog we will look at some of the most common, as well how utilizing an intensive Schema and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) approach can bring about incredible results.


What is ‘Trauma’

When a someone feels intensely threatened by an event he or she is involved in or witnesses, we call that event a trauma. Some examples are listed below.


Bullying is a deliberate and unsolicited action that occurs with the intent of inflicting social, emotional, physical, and/or psychological harm to someone who often is perceived as being less powerful. 


Community Violence

Community violence is exposure to intentional acts of interpersonal violence committed in public areas by individuals who are not intimately related to the victim.


Complex Trauma

Complex trauma describes both exposure to multiple traumatic events—often of an invasive, interpersonal nature—and the wide-ranging, long-term effects of this exposure.



Natural disasters include hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, tsunamis, and floods, as well as extreme weather events such as blizzards, droughts, extreme heat, and wind storms.


Early Childhood Trauma

Early childhood trauma generally refers to the traumatic experiences that occur to children aged 0-6.


Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), also referred to as domestic violence, occurs when an individual purposely causes harm or threatens the risk of harm to any past or current partner or spouse.


Childhood Medical Trauma

Paediatric medical traumatic stress refers to a set of psychological and physiological responses of children and their families to single or multiple medical events.


Physical Abuse

Physical abuse usually occurs when a parent, spouse or caregiver commits an act that results in physical injury.


Refugee Trauma

Many refugees, especially children, have experienced trauma related to war or persecution that may affect their mental and physical health long after the events have occurred.


Child Sexual Abuse or Sex Trafficking

Child sexual abuse is any interaction between a child and an adult (or another child) in which the child is used for the sexual stimulation of the perpetrator or an observer. Child sex trafficking involves the giving or receiving of anything of value (money, shelter, food, clothing, drugs, etc.) to any person in exchange for a sex act with someone under the age of 18.


Terrorism and Violence

Families and children may be profoundly affected by mass violence, acts of terrorism, or community trauma in the form of shootings, bombings, or other types of attacks.


Grief Trauma

While many people adjust well after a death, other individuals have ongoing difficulties that interfere with everyday life and make it difficult to recall positive memories of their loved ones.


How to Treat Trauma?


It is widely believed that treating trauma requires years of therapy but with intensive trauma therapy, such as that offered by The Lighthouse Bali, it is possible to effectively treat most trauma in a relatively short space of time.


In intensive therapy, you will spend large blocks of time with our compassionate psychologist who utilizes Schema and EMDR modalities to help people in your situation.


Our proven successful intensive trauma therapy approach will help you to archive true healing in a relatively short amount of time, depending on your traumatic event(s). This is very different from weekly one-hour therapy sessions, which can take months or even years to show results.


Is Intensive Therapy Effective?


Yes, and that’s why we offer our intensive trauma programs – to help those who want to get over their trauma and move forward with life.

  • Some studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only a few sessions.
  • Another study, funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, found that most single-trauma victims and a large number of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) after only six sessions.
  • In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions.
  • EMDR is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defence.
  • EMDR is effective for people not only those diagnosed with PTSD but also for those who still are impacted by painful memories.
  • Research shows that individuals completing intensive treatment can make as much progress in the condensed format as in standard weekly sessions. This can eliminate weeks or months of living with trauma symptoms, and with the toll this takes on work, relationships, marriages, parenting and general wellbeing.

Are you, or someone you know, experiencing the effects of trauma? Do you want to move forward in life without being trapped in the past?

Contact us for more information about our Intensive Trauma Treatment programs in beautiful Bali.

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