Stressful events get stores dysfunctionally in the brain --> patterns of behavior that compromise functioning --> psych/physical issues
Patterns of behavior are influences by: nature of trauma, frequency, age, genetic and acquired vulnerability, prenatal factors, gender, cognitive capacity, emotional maturity, coping skills, relational capacity, ect.
S/S: hyperarousal, avoidance, intrusive thoughts, disassociation
Goals of TX: safety, developing awareness through mindfulness, and managing physiological arousal
Healing is a process: constructing a narrative though mourning, meaning, transcendence, and incorporation of the trauma into one's life