Trauma occurs in many ways. For some it is sudden and intense. For others it is so gradual it almost goes unnoticed.
Trauma can be a one-time occurrence (sometimes called acute trauma).
It can also be pervasive and ongoing over an extended period (sometimes referred to as chronic trauma).
A key element in trauma recovery is to understand that it must be defined from the perspective of the one who experienced it.
A circumstance or event that was traumatic for one person, may not be the same for another.
Through my own journey I have learned how
trauma can leave behind an imprint that profoundly shapes and influences the lives of everyone it touches.
One of the impacts of trauma can be a break or rupture in the sense of safety we have in relationship to ourselves and in relationship to others.
In trauma recovery we slowly and gradually work to rebuild a bridge of safe, secure connection to both ourselves and others.
This process might not be quick. In fact, it’s often not. And that’s okay. A gradual pace is healthy and necessary. Healing, like growth, is slow work. We cannot set the timeline or determine the pace. However, we can choose to open ourselves to the process and receive hope from another that healing is in fact possible.
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“There is no hierarchy of suffering. There's nothing that makes my pain worse or better than yours,
no graph on which we can plot the relative importance of one sorrow versus another.
This kind of comparison can lead us to minimize or diminish our own suffering.
Being a survivor, being a "thriver" requires absolute acceptance of what was and what is.”
– Holocaust survivor and Psychologist, Edith Egar