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Unpacking Childhood Trauma: Your Path to Healing

Cute little girl swinging on the tree in summer

Unpacking Childhood Trauma: Your Path to Healing

Childhood trauma is a complex experience which occurs to a human being when the stress of a moment overwhelms their capacity to be present. It could be a result of a single event or multiple events. It is also more common than you may think. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than two-thirds of children reported at least one traumatic event by the age of 16. Due to its prevalence, it is essential to understand the signs so you can get support if you have experienced it.

Signs of Childhood Trauma

There are numerous signs of childhood trauma which manifest in adulthood. You may be experiencing PTSD and reliving the event via nightmares. You may also be suffering from anxiety and depression. You may be disassociating from yourself as a defense mechanism.

In relationships, you may have distrust in others. You may also consistently form unhealthy attachments with others.

Another sign of childhood trauma is the inability to control your emotions, which can result in uncontrollable anger and the inability to express your feelings.

Stress-related illnesses are another sign of childhood trauma. The body remembers trauma, and the trauma is trapped within. Diseases like coronary heart disease and stroke are paramount among trauma sufferers.

If you notice these signs, you may feel that your emotional scars are so deeply ingrained that you cannot heal. You may also worry that you may replicate your past if the trauma is not addressed. You are never too late to get support to heal from trauma. Acknowledging it is the first step of your healing journey.

The Path to Healing

Journaling is a way to unpack your trauma and reflect on your experiences. It may seem painful, but it fosters self-awareness.

As you journal, you can identify what triggers you and why they impact your well-being.

Practicing mindfulness and meditation can help you become more compassionate toward yourself and cultivate self-care as a way of life.

You will also develop a better perception of self as you replace self-blame with self-compassion.

Seeking support from a therapist is a significant step toward healing. Therapists trained in trauma therapy will help you process traumatic experiences to reduce your symptoms, improve overall functioning and increase your quality of life. They take the time to understand your story, feelings, challenges and goals. This approach will help you move forward and create lasting change.

Trauma Therapy in California

Starting trauma therapy is a significant step and takes a lot of courage. Know that you are taking a crucial step towards healing and growth.

No amount of talking, being smart, or trying to understand what happened – changes what the body remembers. We must let the body speak and heal in a language it knows, and that language is experience.

At Sage River Psychotherapy, we embrace experiential therapy because we understand that your body deeply remembers and learns from its experiences, and we’re here to guide you toward experiences that heal.

Whatever has happened to you, know that we see you. Your feelings are real. We can help you understand your feelings and learn what you need when feeling them. When you can listen to what is inside you without fear, you feel more alive, and your relationships – your connections – become safer, more compassionate, and more authentic. When you experience a new way to handle what is breaking you apart – you rewire the connection within yourself – and this is where healing begins.

Therapy will help you hold and process what has happened to you (is happening to you) and build the connections you need to heal.

Stay as long as you need.