Three areas of focus for recovery from trauma

by | 26 October 2018 | 7 comments

Recovery from trauma can be a long, hard road. But it’s not an impossible road. It helps if you know where you’re going and how to get there. In this video, Carolyn breaks it down into three main areas of focus: dealing with our trauma responses, progressing our interrupted development, and resolving our attachment difficulties.

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD):


  1. Thanks Carolyn
    Valuable info for a newby therapist

  2. I am attempting recovery having been in mental health system for over 25 years misdiagnosed and wholly misunderstood. Currently fighting for my life as malnourishment threatens my life (Anorexia). Can I secure appropriate treatment pathway in order for me to “recover” a life for the first time? (as someone supposedly suffering from BPD and an eating disorder, the latter of which is a predominant part of my self, my existence for over 35 years). I have now been actively engaged with a private counsellor outside of NHS, as NHS are unable to even adequately appreciate my situation let alone acknowledge. Thank you for PODS and this. This had been pivotal to helping me. I can not begin to thank you enough for this and the wealth of info provided. You inspire me. Sincerely, warm wishes

    • Yes I so so relate and thank you for your share. Did you have a response as I am wanting the same answers – is there hope when I have so many disocciated parts, many of which are “eating disorder” parts? I can’t stop the behaviours and obsessions and rituals despite years of rehabs and therapy and 12 step fellowships. I now see that these pasts are different selves with different goals – so they conflict – and I’m gaining weight and can’t deal with it despite a healthier part knowing I’m a “normal” weight now. My slim/restrictor Kate can’t work with my feasting/eating kate or my Fat/desperate to restrict/shamed Kate etc etc…. I’d love any insight as I feel overwhelmed. I was guided to Carolyn spring recently and oh my god – after years and years of psychiatric labels I totally fit DID. This is me and all my experiences. How I live… I have so many parts but struggling to know where to start now that they are all rising up – it’s like suddenly I have these different people in me and I don’t even know who is writing this message now…? Thank you for any hope you can provide and thank you for sharing your pain and situation – I’m so sorry you are also struggling so much with this debilitating “condition” / experience…. In amazed I can actually type this message as my cogative functioning has been horrendous and I have had experiences of my head literally being on fire – like somehow poured petrol on it and set it alight. It’s been so painful I’ve been in floods of tears. No one else understands that my brain is in pain? Physical torture. So much from my childhood coming up and I’m just focusing on doing this “work” but I’m barely functioning yet dependent on myself for my life – but dependent on who then? Which part of me?? It’s terrifying. And I realize I can’t let go of my parents – despite having moved to Cape Town for ED rehab and to separate physically. My family are so enmeshed and they say I love you I love you and always been “there”. But not emotionally or psychologically… and boarding school didn’t help matters. Sorry – giving you my life story! I’m just so desperate for help as had a complete psychologist/dissociative/psychotic breakdown these past 2 years and back in clinic and a rehab and I just can’t go through it again – I know I won’t survive it. I just won’t. I’m 39 and desperate for a family and a husband and a life. Yet every day is about survival and managing the triggers. Thank you!! So much love and encouragement on your journey. From “me” (?) but the outside world knows me as “Kate” xx

  3. Great to see you on film Carolyn! You’re such an inspiration and have a superbly articulate way of conveying the impacts of trauma and the steps necessary for recovery. I’m a recovered survivor and now a therapist, attending your trainings has transformed my practice. Your insights are a blessing. Thank you! 🙏

  4. You speak into my situation. It is painful. But… gives me hope.

  5. Carolyn
    Thank you for your wisdom. I know it was hard-won, and that makes it even more valuable

  6. Thanks for speaking about ure pain and trauma Carolyn I had a difficult childhood and ur an inspiration to me


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Free Emotional Resource Guide for New Subscribers

Join our mailing list and receive a FREE PDF version of our 80-page ‘Emotional Resource Guide’ which has helped countless trauma survivors and those who support them.

Thank you for joining us! Your Emotional Resource Guide is on its way to your inbox now.