What is Trauma-Informed Coaching?

Trauma-informed coaching utilizes the practices and insights in the mental health field of trauma-informed and trauma-focused care as it relates to overall well-being and emotional healing.

For anyone who has suffered from a traumatic experience, trauma-informed coaching can be the key to breakthrough and healing.

Trauma is a subjective experience of one’s response to events or situations. What is traumatizing to one person may not be traumatizing to another.”

Natural Lifemanship Institute

How is trauma defined?

Trauma is defined as any situation in which survival is the overriding concern, and therefore the brain must make changes to accommodate that need for survival.

“Psychological trauma is a response involving complex debilitation of adaptive abilities—emotional, cognitive, physical, spiritual and social—following an event that was perceived by our nervous system as life-threatening to oneself or others (especially loves ones).”

Psychology Today

What are the types of trauma?

ACUTE trauma results from a single incident.

CHRONIC trauma is repeated and prolonged such as domestic violence or abuse.

COMPLEX trauma is exposure to varied and multiple traumatic events, often of an invasive, interpersonal nature.

Trauma may be experienced through any of the following events:

  • intrauterine trauma
  • birth trauma
  • abuse
  • neglect
  • domestic violence
  • grief and loss
  • car accident
  • flooding and fires
  • natural disaster
  • divorce
  • family separation
  • chronic or sudden illness or injury
  • combat
  • detainment/deportation
  • incarceration
  • imprisonment
  • homelessness
  • poverty
  • community violence
  • civil unrest
  • sudden changes in relationships
  • sudden changes in circumstances

If you believe you have experienced trauma, your next best step is to pursue healing through the support of counseling or trauma-informed coaching. To find out which is the best next step for you, book a Connection Session.

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