Rebuilding Trust after Trauma

RoseTrust is being able to rely on the integrity, ability, and strength of someone or something; good relationships are built on trust and confidence. Trauma often disrupts trust, and this can have a lasting impact on your life.

Traumatic experiences generally involve a threat to life or safety, either real or perceived, resulting in feeling overwhelmed, distressed, and alone. There are various types of common traumatic events. The cause of trauma calls for different intervention. In natural disaster connections need to be established with fellow survivors to provide mutual support. In relational trauma safety can be found in nature or spiritual connections.

Healing trauma and restoring trust include various activities such as learning relaxation skills, working to a somatic therapist, journaling, taking part in positive activity, joining a support group. These activities will help restore a sense of reliability to your life and help you rediscover trust after traumatic events.

Counselling can help you better understand and change how you experienced trauma and its aftermath. Somatic therapy engages the mind and the body, and works with the intention of changing the brain from experiencing dysregulation—strong emotions, anxiety, fear, doubt—to regulation—peace, calm, connection. This process supports your rebuilding trust in yourself and your world.

Trusting the Power of Emotions

If we try to control our emotions, we may find that they intensify and take us on a merry-go-round of fear and confusion.

In sitting meditation we can learn to work with our emotions, feeling their textures underneath the mind-made dramas that often accompany them. Relating with our emotions in this way allows us to free their energy.

We can experience the energy of our emotions without believing the stories we tell ourselves about them. We can let our emotions come and go without being at their mercy. We can discover in this liberated energy our fundamental energy tender, alive and strong.

Exploring Doubt

Whenever we are going to make changes in our live, it is natural to encounter doubt. Through acknowledging and exploring our doubts we can awaken greater understanding of what we bring to the path of moving forward.

Doubt is unlike from critical thinking. We bring an end to the exploration with doubt whereas we keep looking further and moving forward with critical thinking. Experiencing intense doubt is generally a result of not trusting ourselves and not trusting the world; therefore doubt can be a blockage on the path.

When we trust the world, relax our firm grip on ourselves, and focus on to the details of reality in the moment, we begin to notice that the world speaks to us and reflects our trust. There is an exchange with the alive, vibrating energy of the world.