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"Trauma is the invisible force that shapes our lives. It shapes the way we live, the way we love and the way we make sense of the world. It is the root of our deepest wounds."

- Dr. Gabor Maté

Trauma-Informed Coaching

Traumatic experiences are negative, distressing, emotionally exhausting, intense, and it impacts a persons ability to cope with everyday life. Trauma can leave a person feeling helpless, entrapped, vulnerable, powerless, isolated and lonely. Childhood betrayal trauma is my area of focus, it occurs when the people or institutions that we depend on for survival significantly violates our trust or well-being.

Childhood physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual abuse perpetrated by a caregiver are examples of betrayal trauma.

Trauma is categorized into three different types: Acute, Chronic, or Complex

  • Acute trauma results from a single incident.

  • Chronic trauma is repeated and prolonged such as domestic violence or abuse.

  • Complex trauma is exposure to varied and multiple traumatic events, often of an invasive, interpersonal nature.

There is no way to determine or predict who will suffer from trauma, and who will not. We all experience life in a unique way and our perception of events is our own personal interpretation. There are three main factors to consider as to why some people suffer more than others, and why some might suffer longer than others.

The Actual Traumatic Experience:

 

What the actual event was and wether or not immediate actions followed. People who were able to do something in the moment of the traumatic experience are less likely to experience severe trauma compared to someone who remained and couldn't escape the traumatic experience.

Individual Makeup & Social Environment:

 

 In a situation where a person is raised in a healthy and stable environment, with loving and supportive parents or guardians, are more likely to have developed resilience and strength which as a result may not be as impacted by the traumatic event, or suffer from the experience for a longer time. On the other hand, a person growing up in a toxic, dysfunctional and abusive environment with no support or acknowledgment, they may suffer more and the impact from the traumatic experience can have a long lasting effect. Childhood experiences and upbringing, can have a huge impact on how a person can or can't cope and how quickly they can or can't heal and recover.

 

Religious & Philosophical Beliefs:

 

A persons religious, spiritual and philosophical belief systems and views, can be a contributing factor to an individual’s perspective, meaning, and understanding which can reinforce their ability to withstand or process the traumatic event.

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