Tag Archives: Severe Trauma

Complex PTSD

Complex Post Traumatic Stress applies to those who have experienced prolonged, repeated abuse from an early age. Continue reading

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Finding Home: Contextual Trauma Therapy

Contextual Therapy:Treating Survivors of Complex Trauma presented by Dr. Stephen Gold. Refers to the idea that it is not the traumatic events alone that impact a person but also what Dr. Gold describes as an “ineffective family environment” in which the child’s basic needs are unmet. The point of this is to help us become aware that many trauma survivors may need to learn skills and develop basic capacities that have been missing or lacking since childhood. Continue reading

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Relationships after Severe Trauma: Making Healthy Choices

We all need connection. Interdependence, mutual relationships are crucial for our well being. However, for those who have experienced severe childhood trauma, relationships were also the source of betrayal, wounding and abuse. What does this mean then for those who have been severely abused by parents or caretakers as children? Or those who have dissociated, losing awareness of some aspects of early relationships? For example, those with dissociative identity disorder (DID) may have some parts of their system who only know about the “good mother” while others hold the memories of abuse and/or neglect. In this way, dissociation can make evaluating who is healthy or safe and who is not more difficult. This results in obvious and multiple complications in forming and maintaining later relationships. Continue reading

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