Jungian analysis and Psychotherapy

Larissa (Lara) Lagutina, Dr. Clin. Psychol., Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), Trauma Therapist, London SE16

   Frequently Asked Questions:

    - Why do people develop symptoms?

    When the body is overwhelmed as a result of trauma or even seemingly non-traumatic life experiences, which nevertheless feel “too much” for the person, our normal ways of coping may prove insufficient and then a number of physical and emotional symptoms  may emerge as the organism attempts to cope with the stress. This is also likely to happen if the stress is chronic and the person lives with the underlying tension. Some common symptoms related to stress and trauma are listed below:

  1. Chronic muscle tension or stiffness

  2. Headaches or migraines

  3. Chronic pain and pain syndromes (e.g. fibromyalgia)

  4. Chronic fatigue

  5. Digestive problems (e.g. IBS)

  6. Blood pressure problems

  7. Skin disorders

  8. Medically unexplained symptoms

  9. Broken sleep or insomnia

  10. Nightmares

  11. High emotional reactivity, mood swings and tearfulness

  12. Intrusive memories or flash backs

  13. Anxiety, phobias or panic attacks

  14. Palpitations

  15. Breathing difficulties

  16. Hypervigilance

  17. Avoidance of people or places

  18. Emotional numbness

  19. Addictive behaviours (e.g. overeating)

    This list is far from exhaustive. People may also be suffering from any number of physical, emotional or relational difficulties, or grappling with issues more general in nature (e.g. feeling stuck in their life, not able to access or express their creative potential, experiencing life as meaningless or feeling that it is falling apart). In all these cases addressing the problems from a holistic therapeutic perspective, involving both the body and the psyche might be beneficial.