Sheridan mental health professional Lynn Gordon discussed techniques to overcome the trauma that can surface during the holiday season during a brown bag lunch seminar Wednesday at Sheridan College's facilities on Main Street.
The professional from the Family & Personal Counseling Center said holidays can trigger traumatic memories for some people, and she wants to help them learn to like and feel good about themselves.
She told attendees at Wednesday's session that what she offered won't replace counseling, but it could give them the tools they need to get through what can be a stressful season.
This week's seminar continues a series that she began offering earlier this year.
In a handout to seminar attendees, Gordon explained that the goal of trauma resolution is to reshape the neurochemical chain that traumatic events create in the brain. She demonstrated exercises that can be used to remove the emotional component in memories that cause trauma.
She said memories will surface during the holidays, whether they're wanted or not. Through trauma resolution, an individual can begin to rewrite the direction he or she wants to take in life without interference from lingering traumas.
The brown bag lunch seminars are free and open to anyone who wants to attend, and are sponsored by the college's Center for Workforce and Community Education along with the Family & Personal Counseling Center. The next seminars will be Dec. 11, on holiday stress, and Dec. 18, on self-esteem.