What Does Healing From Trauma Look Like? 

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Healing from trauma is a deeply personal and often complex journey, one that can look and feel different for everyone. For many women contemplating therapy as a pathway to recovery, understanding the nuances of trauma healing can be both enlightening and empowering. This article aims to shed light on the process of healing from trauma, offering insights and guidance to help you navigate your own path to recovery.

How Do You Heal Trauma?

Trauma healing is a multifaceted process that involves addressing the emotional, psychological, and sometimes physical impacts of traumatic experiences. Trauma therapy plays a crucial role in this journey, providing a safe space to explore and process your experiences. Therapeutic approaches such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and somatic experiencing can help you work through the trauma, enabling you to understand and integrate these experiences into your life in a healthy way.

In addition to therapy, self-care practices such as mindfulness, meditation, journaling, and physical activity can support your healing process. These activities help to ground you in the present, manage stress and anxiety, and foster a sense of well-being.

How Do You Know If You're Healing From Trauma?

Recognizing the signs of healing from trauma is crucial to understanding your progress on this journey. Some indicators that you are moving forward include:

What Is It Like to Heal From Trauma?

Healing from trauma is a journey that is both challenging and rewarding. It often involves confronting painful memories and emotions and acknowledging the true impact they’ve had on your life, but it also leads to significant personal growth and transformation. As you heal, you may discover new strengths and resilience you didn’t know you had. You’ll likely develop a deeper understanding of yourself and a renewed sense of hope for the future. You’ll grow in your self-compassion and be freed from unfair responsibility and shame related to your past experiences.

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Trauma healing is not a linear process. There will be ups and downs, and sometimes it may feel like you’re taking two steps back for every step forward. This is a normal part of the healing journey. This is one reason it can be helpful to have the support of a trained professional so they can help guide and you make sense of what may seem like a setback.

How Do I Get Over a Trauma or Adverse Life Experience?

Well, this is a loaded question – isn’t it? This comes up a lot with clients. As a therapist, I’m inclined to tell you that you don’t ever “get over” a trauma or bad life experience. You can move past it as you start to heal but it’s not something you’re ever going to “get over” and forget. This is where working with a therapist can help.

Additional Things That Can Help When Healing From Trauma

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As you embark on your healing journey, there are certain things to keep in mind:

  • Healing takes time: You’re unlearning years of negative beliefs and trying to rush it can lead to frustration and burnout. Allow yourself to heal at your own pace.
  • Healing occurs in the community (even if it starts with one other person): While it may be tempting to withdraw from others, connecting with supportive friends, family, or a community can provide valuable support and encouragement and is a huge part of the healing process.
  • Pay special attention to self-care: Taking care of your physical, emotional, and mental well-being is crucial during this time. Neglecting self-care can hinder your progress.
  • An important part of healing from trauma is being with the difficult emotions that arise. Be careful not to intellectualize your healing process too much.

Healing Trauma with Support

If you feel like you’re struggling and aren’t sure what to do next, consider healing trauma through with the help of a trauma therapist. My clients and I form partnerships on their healing journey in trauma therapy. We’ll work together to untangle the negative beliefs tied to your traumatic experiences as well as the other ways your traumatic experiences continue to impact your life. Through this process, you’ll more fully heal your trauma and develop skills that help you continue to manage challenges that life throws your way.

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