The goal of trauma healing is to regain a feeling of control over life, day by day—of moving from fear to safety, from silence or distrust to acknowledgment, from isolation to reconnection, and from powerlessness to a sense of empowerment. Trauma healing is a process that has many stages, may have relapses, and may take several types of treatment. While there are many methods and therapies that can be effective for recovering from trauma, working with the guidance of a professional is usually the most effective place to start.
If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.
Like most people of color in the United States, psychotherapist and researcher Monnica Williams has experienced myriad forms of racism. Early in her career, understanding its effects on her mind and body motivated her to help clients address their own racial trauma in therapy.
Trauma therapist and author of My Grandmother's Hands talks honestly and directly about the historical and current traumatic impacts of racism in the U.S., and the necessity for us all to recognize this trauma, metabolize it, work through it, and grow up out of it.
We’re seeing an explosion of medical research into psychedelics. Psilocybin, or shrooms, to treat major depressive disorder. Ayahuasca, a psychotropic plant medicine from the Amazon, and ibogaine, a potent hallucinogen from Africa, to treat addiction. LSD for anxiety.