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Recognizing Complex Trauma

Recognizing Complex Trauma



180 Sanctuary is Asia’s leading integrative trauma-informed, behavioral rehab and wellness retreat centre. Our team is at the forefront of trauma treatment and is highly experienced in dealing with complex trauma.

In today’s social and political situation where soldiers are continually being deployed to war zones and the recent recession which has been linked to an increase in child abuse, we can anticipate that a lot of cases of complex trauma are sure to arise.

Complex trauma is a type of trauma that occurs repeatedly over a period of time and within specific relationships and contexts. Some examples of complex trauma include domestic abuse, severe child hood abuse and multiple military deployments to extremely dangerous locations.

Within 180 Sanctuary’s coaching team a strong emphasis is placed upon coaching the principles of self-compassion to the client. It is essential for each client that suffers from complex trauma to understand that their symptoms have come from somewhere and therefor compassion is the beginning of their recovery journeys. Symptoms of complex PTSD include difficulty regulating affective impulses such as anger and self-destructiveness, dissociative episodes, a chronic sense of guilt and difficulties with trust and intimacy and addiction.

Incidents of trauma can increase feelings of guilt. Those individuals that have been traumatized will experience an altered self-perception in which the ultimately suffer from huge amounts of intense shame. In some instances they may even feel severe guilt, somehow believing that it is their fault that the trauma took place.

A very common theme we see at 180 Sanctuary with people who have been abused is that they tend to internalize their aggressor. By this I mean they start to identify with the person who hurt them. Often at times feeling protective or taking on their destructive point of view towards their own self. This may also been known as a critical inner voice. Those that have been traumatized may experience this voice as a deeply destructive and terrifying enemy which can eventually lead to self-destructive, life-threatening behavior.

Complex trauma requires complex and sequenced treatment, something that we strive to do at 180 Sanctuary. The message I hope that you all can take away from this article is that no one should feel hopeless. Help is available, even for those that have survived the most excruciating of conditions. Even in our darkest times, everyone deserves to be reached and steered through.

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