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Healing from Trauma

Trauma results from exposure to an incident or series of events that are emotionally disturbing or life-threatening with lasting adverse effects on one’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, and/or spiritual well-being.

Regardless of the type of trauma a person has experienced, traumatic experiences can impact relationships, as well as one’s emotional and physical health. When a person experiences trauma, he or she may feel unsafe, betrayed, or have difficulty trusting others. This can lead to heightened emotions, such as anger or aggression, or a tendency toward shame, numbing, or isolation.

They may struggle to respond appropriately to situations that would otherwise appear normal and non-threatening. This partly explains why many adult trauma survivors struggle with depression, anxiety, and other issues related to emotional regulation. These resulting mental health issues can contribute to long-term difficulties maintaining healthy relationships, and lead to problems at school and/or work.

Protective factors, such as supportive relationships, can help shield individuals from the effects of trauma and build resilience to help overcome adversity and confront challenges. Processing trauma takes time and patience, but is possible with careful guidance from an experienced and trauma-informed counsellor.