There is a great deal of debate about whether trauma can be completely healed. In fact, we are often not clear neurologically about what healing looks like and what we can expect to happen when we use the variety of therapeutic techniques and interventions to help trauma-impacted individuals cope with their trauma narratives.
The complex nature of trauma, it’s deep and diverse impact, and the many ways that trauma therapy can be applied makes this whole issue very confusing.
Even the type of trauma needing to be healed can make a significant difference in what the healing process looks like. The questions must be answered…is the trauma developmental, medical, physical, chronic, sexual, acute, or attachment related? Any of these can require slightly different approaches to healing.
There are, however, some basics about trauma and the brain that are helpful to know.
Jennifer Sweeton (Psych. D.), points out in the referenced article some areas of the brain that are impacted by trauma and makes suggestions as to how to begin the process of healing.
Of course, going to a trauma-based therapist with whom you can have a comfortable relationship is a major key to the healing process.
Trauma experiences are unique to each person.
We know that coping with trauma can be different for everyone, but having clarity on what is happening in our brains gives us clues as to what approach can help us get on the path to relief and healing from the impact of trauma.
Gerry Vassar, President/CEO