On Trauma

We hear a lot about trauma these days, especially around the recent discoveries of widespread sexual abuse of children in various religious and care institutions.


Sexual abuse almost always causes trauma. Trauma can also arise from a number of other life events, such as physical and emotional abuse, bullying, hospitalisations, medical procedures, accidents, death of a parent, abandonment by a parent, or long-term disrupted bonding with parents.


For an explanation of the causes of trauma and how it arises, click here.


You may be wondering if you have been traumatized in some way. This can be a extremely confronting question, and I would like to suggest that you be kind and gentle with yourself as you explore this possibility. Only read as much of the material on this site as you can at any one time, and stop if you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed in any way. If you do run into emotional difficulties while reading this site, please feel free to contact me for support and advice.


To explore for yourself if you have trauma, click here.


When we become aware that we may have been traumatized, we can wonder if it is possible to heal. The answer is a resounding “Yes”. Many people have found great relief of their symptoms using various therapies, including IFS, that address the particular needs of recovering from trauma.


If you’d like to know more about healing trauma with IFS, click here.