Experiencing trauma during childhood can leave an adult carrying feelings belonging to other’s, shame and toxic shame rooted from these events.
During childhood, the role of our adult caregivers is to affirm, nurture and set healthy limits. Anything less than this can impact on our inherent worth (value) as a child. This ‘set’s us up’ as we grow into adolescence and we carry this adolescent behaviour into adulthood.
For this reason, addiction and trauma can be heavily linked.
The events that happened to us in childhood are re-lived in adult situations, via triggers. The coping mechanisms learned to deal with traumatic events during childhood, including eating, starving, sleeping, fighting, hiding, and crying, have now heightened to an unmanageable habitual level or have less value to more available coping mechanisms with greater immediacy, substances.
It is important we do not blame the caregivers we had during our childhood, as they had caregivers as did their caregivers. However, it is important to break this behavioural cycle as the most important person is you and showing other’s how to self-care and esteem through seeking help is taking care of them too.
The types of trauma I treat include:
If you would like to learn more about my childhood trauma therapy, contact me today on 0744 556 7783. Alternatively, submit an enquiry through my website and I shall respond shortly.