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9 Key Tips to Healing Childhood Trauma

9 Key Tips to Healing Childhood Trauma

9 Ways to Heal Childhood Trauma


Childhood trauma can have a lasting impact on our lives, shaping our beliefs, behaviors, and relationships. However, with awareness and the right approach, healing is possible. Over the subsequent paragraphs, we will explore nine key tips to help you navigate the healing process and find peace within yourself. By understanding the importance of self-reflection, emotional acceptance, and storytelling, you can begin to create a coherent narrative that allows you to move forward. These tips are not meant to be a replacement for professional therapy, which is a vital element of holistic healing. What you will read here is a summation of some of the most efficacious tools and practices I use with my clients. 

Be Aware of Overreactions

When we experience childhood trauma, our brains develop coping mechanisms to protect us from further harm. These coping mechanisms can manifest as overreactions to specific triggers, leading to heightened emotions or defensive behaviors. By being aware of these overreactions, we can start to understand the root causes of our responses and begin the healing process.

For example, imagine a friend jokingly teases you about something insignificant. Instead of brushing it off, you find yourself becoming defensive and lashing out. By recognizing this overreaction, you can delve deeper into the trauma that may have caused these sensitive triggers and work towards healing those wounds. There are multitudinous forms of triggered responses, and the better you understand them and the more you become aware of them, you will be able to alter outcomes in your favor effectively. 

Furthermore, it is essential to remember that healing from childhood trauma is a journey, and progress may not always be linear. Patience and self-compassion are critical as you navigate through difficult emotions and reactions.

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Quickly Write Down Three Traumatic Episodes You Experienced Growing Up

Writing down three traumatic episodes from your childhood can be an essential step towards healing. This exercise allows you to acknowledge and confront the painful experiences that have shaped your life. By putting pen to paper, you give yourself permission to explore these memories and begin the process of emotional release.

Take a moment to reflect on your past and identify three significant moments that caused you distress or trauma. It could be an incident of abuse, neglect, or any other form of emotional or physical harm. Once you have identified these episodes, you can move forward in addressing and healing the wounds they left behind. The genesis of healing is awareness. Acknowledging what caused your pain is the beginning of healing the pain itself. 

Remember, this exercise may bring up intense emotions, so it's crucial to approach it with self-care and seek support if needed. The goal is not to anchor yourself in the feeling but to evaluate and anatomize how the incident impacted you and the exploration of behavioral and psychological practices that facilitate your liberation from that past experience. 

Think it Through

After writing down the traumatic episodes, it's time to think them through. This step involves reflecting on the impact these experiences have had on your life, relationships, and self-perception. By analyzing the patterns and behaviors that have emerged as a result of your trauma, you can gain insight into how it has shaped your present reality.

Through this reflection, you may start to notice how specific triggers or situations remind you of the past trauma, causing emotional distress or triggering negative thoughts. By understanding these connections, you can take steps towards breaking free from the cycle of trauma and healing the wounds that still linger.

Moreover, this process of reflection can help you identify any limiting beliefs or negative self-perceptions that have arisen from your childhood trauma. By recognizing and challenging these beliefs, you can begin to cultivate a more positive and empowering mindset. Gaining at least a minimum perspicacity of causality is the key to changing outcomes. 

Section 4: Create a Calming Effect Using the RAIN Approach

The RAIN approach, developed by psychologist Tara Brach, offers a powerful tool for calming and healing in the face of emotional distress. RAIN stands for Recognize, Acknowledge/accept/allow, Investigate, and Non-identification. Let's explore each step in detail:


The first step is to recognize the emotions and sensations that arise when you are triggered by past trauma. This involves acknowledging your feelings without judgment or resistance, allowing them to exist without trying to push them away.

For example, if a certain smell triggers memories of a traumatic event, recognize the fear or anxiety that arises within you. By acknowledging this emotional response, you can create space for healing and growth.


In this step, practice accepting and allowing the emotions and sensations to be present. Instead of trying to suppress or control them, let them flow through you without judgment. This acceptance creates a safe container for healing and prevents further emotional suppression.

It's important to note that acceptance does not mean condoning or excusing the traumatic events. It simply means acknowledging the pain you experienced and allowing yourself to feel it fully.


Next, investigate the thoughts, beliefs, and physical sensations that accompany the emotional distress. Ask yourself questions like: What beliefs or assumptions am I holding onto? Are these beliefs serving me? How are these sensations manifesting in my body?

By exploring these aspects, you can gain deeper insight into the roots of your trauma and begin to challenge any negative thought patterns or beliefs that may be holding you back.

Non-identification: Refusing to Identify with the Experience

The final step of the RAIN approach involves understanding that your traumatic experiences do not define you. By refusing to identify with the pain, you can separate yourself from it and begin to cultivate a sense of self that is independent of your past.

For example, instead of saying, "I am broken because of what happened to me," reframe it as, "I have experienced trauma, but I am resilient and capable of healing." This shift in perspective empowers you to take control of your healing journey and create a new narrative for yourself.

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Gather Information

Knowledge is a powerful tool when it comes to healing childhood trauma. Take the time to gather information about trauma, its effects, and the various therapeutic approaches available. Educate yourself about the healing process and different strategies that can support your journey. The more engaged you become in the process, the more power you will experience. 

By understanding the science behind trauma and its impact on the brain and body, you can gain validation and a sense of normalcy for the challenges you may be facing. Additionally, learning about different therapeutic modalities, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or EMDR, can help you make informed decisions about the type of support that may be beneficial for you.

Remember, everyone's healing journey is unique, so it's critical to find information and resources that resonate with your individual needs and experiences.

Allow Yourself to Feel Pain

Healing from childhood trauma involves allowing yourself to fully experience and process the pain that you have carried for so long. It can be tempting to suppress these emotions or numb them with distractions, but true healing requires facing them head-on.

Give yourself permission to feel the pain, grief, anger, or sadness that arises. Cry if you need to, scream into a pillow, or express your emotions through art or writing. By acknowledging and honoring these emotions, you can release them and create space for healing to occur.

It's important to note that this process can be overwhelming, and it's okay to seek professional support or guidance if needed. Therapists, counselors, or support groups can provide a safe and supportive environment for you to navigate through these intense emotions.

Write Down

I personally believe that every person should practice some form of journaling. Writing can be a powerful tool for healing childhood trauma. Take the time to write down your thoughts, feelings, and experiences related to your trauma. This act of self-expression allows you to externalize your emotions and gain perspective on the events that have shaped your life. Journaling allows you to be expressively emotive in a secure environment. 

Write freely and without judgment. Your writing doesn't have to be perfect or coherent; it is simply a way to release the thoughts and emotions that may be weighing you down. You may choose to keep a private journal or explore creative writing as a means of self-expression.

Moreover, writing can help you gain clarity and insight into your healing journey. As you revisit your words over time, you may notice patterns or themes that emerge, enabling you to better understand yourself and the impact of your trauma.

Tell Someone Your Story

Sharing your story with a trusted person can be an incredibly healing experience. Find a friend, family member, therapist, or support group where you feel safe and supported, and share your experiences with them.

Verbalizing your trauma allows you to release the weight of it and receive validation and empathy from others. It can also help you gain new perspectives and insights that you may have missed on your own.

Remember, sharing your story is a personal choice, and it's essential to prioritize your comfort and well-being throughout the process. Choose someone you trust and feel ready to open up to, and give yourself permission to share at your own pace. Choosing the right person to share with will be one of the most crucial decisions you will make. Choose wisely. 

Create a Coherent Narrative

A critical aspect of healing childhood trauma is creating a coherent narrative that allows you to make sense of your experiences. This narrative gives you a framework to understand how your past has influenced your present, and ultimately, how you want to shape your future.

By examining your traumatic experiences, reflecting on your emotions and reactions, and seeking support, you can begin to piece together a narrative that acknowledges your pain while highlighting your resilience and growth. This narrative empowers you to rewrite your story and cultivate a sense of self that is not defined by your trauma.

Remember, healing is a lifelong journey, and it takes time and effort to heal childhood trauma fully. Be patient, compassionate, and gentle with yourself as you navigate through this process. With the right tools, support, and self-reflection, you can find healing, resilience, and a renewed sense of self.

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