Just what is Trauma Recovery Coaching anyway!
So what is Trauma Recovery Coaching? Well I'm glad you asked!
Essentially, this is a Life Coach who is Trauma Informed in all aspects of what survivors go through in the wake of:
Childhood Sexual Abuse
You might be asking, is it important that a Trauma Recovery Coach be Trauma Informed? The short and simple answer is YES! After all, you are going to be working with survivors of trauma, you better know what that means. It goes much deeper than traditional Life Coaching training, because survivors have unique struggles and mindsets that come from being traumatized. So understanding those struggles and how they relate to your every day life now, is essential.
It's important to remember that Coaching is not Therapy. A Coach cannot diagnose or treat a Mental Illness or Disorder, nor can we prescribe medications. We can however, work with you at your present stage of life and understand how past events and circumstances still affect you today. That type of awareness is key to recovery from trauma, and opens up a whole new world of awareness and healing. It's also key to helping you move forward in life with your goals and dreams, because taking into account a history of trauma, we can work together in a compassionate and supportive way.
Another way that a Trauma Informed Coach can help is with the use specific techniques similarly used in by Psychologists and other Mental Health professionals, provided he or she has gone through the proper training. Some of these include:
- Aspects of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
- Aspects Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
- Voice Dialogue.
- Self Exploration.
- and more!
Each person is different and not everything is effective for everybody, so it's important to ask your Coach what his or her qualifications are when you come to them for Trauma Recovery Coaching. It's also important to be open and honest at all times; communication is vital for a successful relationship. If something isn't working or you have questions, don't be afraid to speak up.
As a Coach, I'm here to help you develop strategies and use an action-oriented plan so you can achieve your goals in life. You might think, "well what do goals have to do with Trauma Recovery, aren't those for other types of situations in life"?
Everyone has goals; things in life that they want to accomplish. For some that might be getting a new job, making healthier choices, or finding out their true calling . For survivors, goals are also very important. And hey, just because you're a survivor doesn't mean you don't deserve to go after the same types of goals of those who aren't survivors right?
After all, haven't you been through enough in your life? Aren't you tired of waking up each day and dreading what's ahead? Wouldn't it feel nice to have confidence in yourself, knowing you have the ability to handle whatever comes your way?
Sure you do, we all do! That's where goals come in. We'll work together to figure out exactly where you are in life, what feelings and thoughts are holding you back, and put together a plan of action that helps you reach for whatever you want in life.
Whether that's simply to wake up and feel better about yourself each day, or to further understand how trauma affects you; we'll break it down in a safe atmosphere that is always all about you! I can help you make sense of it all and get off the Trauma Trail and onto the Road to Recovery and Feeling Better.
Oh, in case you were wondering, yes I am a survivor. As a child I lived through Sexual Abuse, Narcissistic Abuse, and Bullying. I've made it from Victim, to Survivor, to Thriver, and I can help you get there too!
Remember friend, trauma is not something that you just "get over". Anyone who tells you that needs to have a serious reality check. By the way if you encounter such a person, you should run away as far as you can because you don't need that type of negativity and lack of insight in your life.
It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and commitment on your part and on the part of your Coach. You and I will be a team, navigating this survivor journey as you reach for your dreams of living a life that is no longer defined by your past.
Or, if you're ready to get this Journey started, go for it and Schedule your Free Introductory Session.
Matt Pappas, CLC
Specializing in Overcoming Anxiety & Trauma Recovery