Identify safe and trusting relationships that can help you overcome trauma.

Instructions

  1. Seek the presence of familiar people after a traumatic ordeal.
    If you’ve just gone through a traumatic event such as a mugging or a car accident, call some family members or friends who genuinely love and support you. Ask to meet them somewhere that feels safe, like their house or yours. If the trauma survivor is a child, ensure that they stay close to their parents rather than sending them away to a facility or distant relative.

  2. Choose the right professional therapist to share your trauma with safely.
    To identify the best therapist for you, find out more about them and their training. Ask where they gained their skills, the types of therapy they’re trained in, and if they’ve used them personally. Ask yourself, “Do I feel comfortable with this therapist?” and “Do they seem comfortable with me?” Make sure the therapist is curious to learn more about you as a human being rather than a list of symptoms on a questionnaire.

  3. Consider dogs or horses as an effective therapeutic substitute.
    If trauma survivors don’t feel safe engaging with human beings, they may benefit from animal therapy. Allow them to take care of a dog or horse, and once they’ve developed a strong bond with the animal, they will feel safe enough to relate to people again.

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