Healing is a move towards integration of traumatic memories that keep people "stuck in the past" and often utilizing destructive coping skills. Awareness of these unconscious patterns and behaviors is the first step in regaining a sense of self. Often times, people have the most difficulty in tolerating moment-to-moment experiences in everyday life. It's often described as "a force that takes over," or "I didn't realize I was doing that again until it was over." In philosophical or spiritual terms, these moments are described as "being asleep." What experience and extensive research is showing us, is that trauma is in the body. It's a reflexive response system that is engrained over time. Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy helps clients learn how to observe these symptoms as symptoms, not as a definition of who they are. It helps clients "self-remember" in a way that is most helpful, meaningful, and true to them. This process gives us the gift of removing shame and blame to encourage curiosity and non-judgment instead.