Healing from complex posttraumatic stress disorder requires support, not just for the mind but also for the nervous system. Trauma occurs in the body, not the event.
Posttraumatic stress happens when our reaction to an event overwhelms the resources we have to deal with it, and until we are properly supported and resourced to process and integrate our natural response, the trauma will stay trapped inside us.
While posttraumatic stress disorder occurs when faced with a life threatening incident, complex trauma results from an ongoing feeling of not being safe, particularly as a child. This is compounded by having these experiences minimised and not being believed, leading a child to conclude there is something wrong with them.
In fact they are having a very normal reaction to a situation that has repeatedly overwhelmed their capacity to manage it. Such traumas include child sexual abuse, repeated physical and emotional abuse, neglect, and witnessing domestic violence in the home.
As an adult, unresolved trauma will continue to be triggered until it is acknowledged, witnessed and supported to completion. This is not usually possible via cognitive approaches, which is why somatic approaches have become the treatment of choice in this area.
“Pain travels through families until someone is ready to feel it.”
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