Title image What is trauma recovery coaching
Title image What is trauma recovery coaching

Let’s dig into trauma recovery coaching. Have you experienced trauma in your childhood or a romantic relationship? Have you ever wondered if you could recover?

What if there was more to life for a survivor than surviving? What if you could realize you are loved and can accept love from others? A trauma recovery coach is trained to ask you the questions you need to hear to open your blocks and help you find your way to living the life you want to live

A trauma recovery coach is someone who has experienced trauma and can walk alongside you as you navigate the side effects that keep you stuck. They have special training and knowledge of tools and resources you can use to help you learn to live free of the past.

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What Is Trauma Recovery Coaching?

Trauma recovery coaching is a powerful tool for survivors to use on their healing journey. It is more than just trauma-informed coaching. A trauma recovery coach specializes in coaching people who have survived childhood, relational, or other traumatic experiences.

A trauma recovery coach is educated in different types of trauma, trauma responses, and how trauma impacts physical, mental, and emotional health.

This type of coach knows how to create a safe space to work with survivors in a way that won’t cause more harm. They are attuned, present, and ask questions to help the client see the larger picture of their situation so they can live free of past trauma.

Trauma Survivors Need a Trauma Recovery Coach

Trauma survivors need a guide to help lead them out of the darkness. Having a trauma recovery coach walk alongside you can shorten your healing journey.

They can offer insights from a broader perspective and give you the encouragement and support you need to change your life.

How do you get to a place of daily peace if you have to co-parent with someone who caused you trauma? What if you are experiencing post-separation abuse? A co-parent with narcissistic tendencies will use the cycle of abuse to manipulate and attempt to keep or regain control.

A coach who has been through something similar can help you set boundaries and learn how to continue to live in peace while co-parenting with a difficult person. A trauma recovery coach knows what it’s like to live through trauma and understands what you are going through.

If you were raised by a parent who displayed many narcissistic tendencies and still maintain contact with them you may be in a trauma-causing relationship. Even if you no longer have to be in contact with this person you may be left with complex PTSD, their voice in your head, and low self-worth.

Working with a coach who understands the effects of narcissistic abuse can help you make good choices for yourself, your family, and your future instead of staying stuck in an endless cycle of pain and drama.

The International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaching holds its coaches to set of standards that include guiding principles, a code of ethics, and more. The Association is a good resource if you would like to see the ethical standards coaches trained by the IAOTRC are held to and can help you learn what you can expect from being coached.

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There Are Many Different Types of Traumas

We usually think of trauma as caused by a traumatic event encountered during war, natural disasters, or accidents that cause post-traumatic stress disorder. But not all trauma is caused by one dramatic event. Many survivors suffering from trauma sustained repeated abuse throughout childhood or a toxic relationship.

I will share a few of the different types of trauma, survivors have to overcome.

Developmental trauma is caused by childhood trauma, child abuse, having a caregiver who was not attuned to them as a child, being raised by a narcissist, and other causes. The results of this type of trauma are often complex PTSD and other than ideal attachment styles.

Relational trauma is caused by toxic and abusive relationships. The longer someone is in this type of environment the worse the results can be. This type of trauma can lead to mental health issues, panic attacks, and depression.

More people are experiencing the trauma we call “not parent-expected” as DNA tests become more popular. They are faced with a truth a parent has hidden from them for years. Yes, finding out that the person you thought was your mother or father is not actually your parent is a very traumatic experience.

Survivors who have suffered narcissistic abuse struggle to evict the toxic voice in their minds. This type of psychological abuse can keep them from reaching their full potential.

Those who have survived coercive control and domestic violence, which are two sides of the same coin, struggle to make decisions, self-isolate, and are afraid to trust others. They tend to seek permission from outside sources instead of trusting their intuition. They have a difficult time being assertive and standing up for themselves.

Trauma impacts our daily lives in many ways and can destroy our self-esteem and healthy sense of self.

This article from NPR includes a quiz on attachment style. What’s your attachment style? Take this quiz to find out.

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Working With a Trauma Recovery Coach

Working with a trauma recovery coach can be a life-changing process. To sit with someone who listens without judgment and accepts you for who you are is an amazing experience.

You will learn that many of the side effects of past traumas that you experience are common to survivors. This helps to break down the isolation you feel because of what you have been through.

Trauma coaches are mental health professionals who help survivors of trauma make positive changes to their lives.

The Benefits of Working With a Trauma Specialist

As you work with a trauma recovery coach you will learn how to have better relationships, manage your symptoms, and feel truly accepted for who you are.

Trauma recovery coaching models a healthy relationship for trauma survivors. As you learn new skills you will change how you relate to others and improve your relationships with those who are meant to be part of your life.

This type of coach is educated in the brain-body connection and the problems trauma can cause to the nervous system. They will look at your situation from a broader perspective and find ways to help you find the balance you need to feel well in body, mind, and spirit.

What to Expect From Your Trauma Recovery Coach

Trauma coaching is built upon a client-led relationship. You are always in the driver’s seat while the coach is with you for emotional support and validation. Your coach will affirm that what you are feeling and going through is normal for a survivor.

Being validated by someone who has gone through trauma helps you know you are not alone, you are having a normal experience, and you can make it through to a healthier life. 

A coach will help you learn about how abuse has impacted the way you relate to others and the world around you. They have a lived experience as a survivor and can draw from that wisdom while working with you.

Your coach will help you develop a personalized strategy for recovery which will help you solve the problems you face that keep you from achieving your dreams and goals.

Your coach will help you set recovery goals and action steps for each goal. You will work together during each session to find solutions to any difficulties you are facing. They will help you dig into situations so you can gain more clarity to help you make decisions and move forward.

A trauma recovery coach uses empathy, active listening, and knowledge of trauma and its effects, along with tools and resources to help you overcome your trauma.

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Why Should You Choose Trauma Recovery Coaching for Your Healing Journey?

You commit to your healing when you work with a trauma recovery coach. You will set and keep appointments for coaching sessions and spend time on your healing each week. Setting goals and action steps with your coach will help you actively work towards the results you want to see in your life.

A coach can help you broaden your perspective on your life and struggles so you can see solutions instead of barriers.

Your coach will walk alongside you in support, model a healthy relationship, work through rupture and repair with you, and offer tools and resources as you need them. You will learn new ways to cope with the aftereffects of trauma so you can live in a broader comfort zone.

In short, trauma recovery coaching will help you overcome the symptoms of trauma that hold you back from living the life you want to live.

A trauma coach will help you learn to live in freedom and peace.

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