The word trauma comes from the Greek word which means to wound. The dictionary defines trauma as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience.
Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of sitting with many people who would describe themselves as trauma survivors. Many of them have been incredibly courageous men and women who have been abused and hurt by those who should have been taking care of them. Others have been people who have been exposed to terrible shock or tragedy which came out of no where and won’t go away again. Still others have been people who have struggled with lots of physical and mental health issues which they had tried to medicate for years with prescription drugs or other substances and who came for help with their addiction, only to realise that the addiction wasn’t actually the issue.
The deep wounds which people carry because of trauma they have been subject to are painful and, at times, feel as if they will never heal. Trauma is something serious. It can create a whole way of being in us which causes us to disconnect from ourselves, from others and from the world around us. The good news though is that it is possible to heal these deep wounds. With time, patience, tenacity and kindness we can heal. In this series of blogs, we’ll explore trauma from various angles and look at what can help us to heal.