How do we recover from trauma?
Trauma isn’t new. We’ve been facing it as homo sapiens for hundreds of thousands of years. What’s new is our reframing of the symptoms of trauma as ‘mental illness’ (we’re mad) or a ‘character flaw’ (we’re bad) and trying to solve it with drugs or protocolised ‘treatments’.
I believe that recovery from complex childhood trauma is possible – but there is no quick fix. In healing the wounds inflicted by human beings acting inhumanly, I believe we need a safe tribe where we can be treated with dignity and respect, with compassion and empathy. And we need to understand how trauma has changed our brains and bodies so that we can reverse those changes.