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Resolving Trauma is for the Brave

The truth is, we all hide our emotions occasionally. We pretend, avoid, and deny uncomfortable emotions as a defense mechanism in an effort of self-preservation. 

We do this most often with difficult emotions like shame, fear, or rejection. When we experience events that emotionally overwhelm us and we’re unable to process what is happening, we bury them deep inside where our “weaknesses” can’t be seen or further exploited. We end up hiding them from ourselves too. Yet, they’re still there. These unresolved emotions get trapped in the body where they constantly emanate a vibrational frequency. Essentially, they fester: draining our energy, leading to burnout, emotional imbalance, and eventually dis-ease. 

When we chronically repress emotions, we build heart-walls that further separate us from authentic connection. Even without consciously burying emotions we can’t seem to stop the recurring patterns of worry, resentment, sadness, hopelessness or unworthiness despite best white-knuckled efforts. 

Identifying and resolving past trauma is the key for those brave enough to say enough is enough. “I’m done grimly struggling with (fill in the blank)”. 

To those ready and willing to take a stand to look at anything undermining their wellbeing, I applaud you! 

Emotional wounds need to be addressed if you want to live in peace! 

Energy Work sessions use muscle testing (a form of biofeedback with kinesiology) to tap into the knowledge stored in your subconscious mind and energy body. Using it can help ease physical discomforts, overcome emotional distress and negative thinking, conquer self-doubt, and stop negative patterns from repeating. 

Finding an underlying emotional component to a patient’s physical issues or chronic health problems is common! 

One of the most powerfully transformative trapped emotions to release is abandonment. 

All of us experience abandonment; we all have been rejected, ignored, not accepted at some point in our lives. It doesn’t always mean physical abandonment. Abandonment wounds come from not being fully accepted and unconditionally loved in childhood. 

Signs of an abandonment wound: 

  • People-pleasing 
  • Repeated patterns of toxic relationships / falling for people not good for us 
  • Attaching to people too soon and too much 
  • Codependency/ Insecure Attachments 
  • Being uncomfortable while being alone / feelings of loneliness 
  • Over criticizing yourself or others, prone to (self)-shaming and guilt 
  • Taking feedback as attack / defensiveness, sensitive to criticism 
  • Struggle to maintain a commitment 
  • Desperate for a partner / moving from one partner to another or never dating 
  • Expecting perfection 

Treat these triggers as an opportunity to be curious and grow! When your nervous system is wired from past traumas, being still is stressful. When your nervous system is balanced, being still is blissful. 

Be brave and take the steps to release trapped emotions from the body to bring the nervous system back to its natural state and enjoy inner peace. 

Katie’s passion for multi-dimensional healing inspired her to facilitate Emotional Wellness sessions at Body Love Cafe; working with brave patients to liberate trapped emotions and increase energetic vibration & consciousness through quantum fieldwork.


By Katie Coelho, BA, ACN with Body Love Cafe


About The Author

Functional Medicine & Nutrition
Dr. Brandy Zachary, DC, IFMCP
Body Love Cafe
925-788-6300

Dr. Brandy Zachary, DC, IFMCP discovered the power of Functional Medicine first hand when a “mystery illness” left her declared permanently disabled. Unwilling to accept that diagnosis, she fought back and launched Body Love Cafe, an award-winning holistic health clinic.

BLC is all about natural medicine that meets cutting-edge science to provide answers as to why you don’t feel well. We hear you. We see you. We believe you. It’s not in your head and we’ve got the technique and labs to show why.

Patients have said “Dr. Zachary figures out why you feel like crap but your MD says you’re fine.” 

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