Let's talk trauma

Speaker educates ASU on healing after trauma

By Ixchel Sotelo
On November 22, 2019

Counseling Services on Nov. 11 hosted a guest speaker who dis­cussed trauma and various methods of treatment and management.

Lori Hollingsworth, licensed professional counselor-supervisor and owner of the Colorado Street Wellness Center, gave a presentation entitled “Trauma: Is Healing Possi­ble?” to ASU residents in Room 201 of the Houston Harte University Center.

Hollingsworth began her presentation with a game of Ka­hoot!, an interactive learning plat­form, with trivia questions about trauma. She explained different definitions of traumas that can af­fect students and staff along with physical and emotional responses to trauma.

“Trauma is more of a brain thing,” Hollingsworth said. “It’s a memory problem. It’s defragmented information in our nervous system. It’s not a psychological problem.”

Hollingsworth is a certified eye movement desensitization re­processing therapist and explained how the trauma coping technique works. She also addressed strate­gies and coping mechanisms, such as regular exercise and breathing techniques, along with the impor­tance of receiving professional help to deal with trauma.

“When I was in school here 20 years ago, seeing a counselor was ‘Oh, what’s wrong with you?’” Keith Hoelscher, financial aid counselor, said. “Now it’s even okay. My coun­selor says that it’s become accept­able, culturally. That’s been a real­ly good asset or benefit of some of these people going to actively seek treatment.”

Hollingsworth said the body can only endure so much trauma and keeping it hidden deep inside one’s body will not make it go away until it is dealt with properly.

“I thought it was interesting how she talked about the treatments she uses and how it’s proven to be ef­fective,” said senior Anna. “It’s more based on who you are and what you find effective and the way your brain works, but it’s definitely something to consider.”

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