top of page
  • Writer's pictureSuzanne Teare, LCSW

Trauma sucks, but you can heal.

You're tired. Living with trauma is hard work.

You grapple with a myriad of challenges that profoundly impact your daily life and overall well-being. You might be experiencing intrusive thoughts and memories, intense emotional reactions, hypervigilance, and difficulty concentrating or sleeping.


Additionally, you may struggle with feelings of shame, guilt, and self-blame, as well as difficulties in forming and maintaining relationships. You desperately want to heal this sense of disconnection and cultivate deep compassion and connection in your life.

Trauma is like carrying a heavy backpack of emotional and physical 'stuff' that really messes with how you think and feel.

Trauma is like carrying a heavy backpack of emotional and physical 'stuff'

It's not just about big disasters like accidents or abuse; research now shows that emotional neglect, and other things that we need but don't receive as children, can leave scars that are just as deep.

Those scars cause lots of distressing symptoms in our daily lives.

Sometimes it's like your sense of safety gets totally shaken, and suddenly, you're on high alert all the time, jumping at shadows and trying to avoid anything that reminds you of the bad stuff.

Other times it's like you're head is just barely here, and you can't find a way to connect with what's going on around you.

It can mess with your sleep, give you those unsettling nightmares, and make you feel totally out of control.

Trauma can feel like you're out of control

How do you heal trauma and improve these distressing symptoms?

While healing can happen in more ways than one, I recommend looking for a therapist who takes a holistic approach to healing, meaning they consider the impact and resourcefulness of your body and spirit to be as important as your mind.

Evidence-based treatments for trauma are increasingly incorporating somatic approaches, recognizing the intricate connection between the body and mind in healing. These approaches focus on addressing trauma by accessing bodily sensations, movements, and physiological responses to facilitate emotional processing and regulation. By engaging with the body's natural capacity for self-regulation and resilience, somatic approaches offer a holistic framework for trauma recovery that complements traditional talk therapy methods. Common interventions to look for that incorporate a somatic approach are EMDR, Internal Family Systems and somatic experiencing.

Healing from trauma is a unique and deeply personal journey. Most importantly, you will need to work collaboratively with your therapist to create a safe and compassionate space for you to navigate the complexities of your personal experiences and find a path towards healing and resilience.

It is possible to recover from trauma. I know, on a personal level, that recovery is a journey of gradually reclaiming your sense of safety, trust, and empowerment. With the right support, including therapy, self-care practices, and supportive relationships, it is possible to cultivate more hope, connection, and well-being in your life.


bottom of page