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  • Writer's pictureJackie Windham

Three Healing Modalities To Manage Complex Trauma

There are many different healing modalities that can be helpful for managing complex trauma. Some of the most common include:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): EMDR is a type of therapy that uses eye movements, taps, or tones to help people process traumatic memories. It is thought to help the brain to reprocess the memory in a way that is less emotionally charged.

  • Somatic Experiencing (SE): SE is a type of therapy that focuses on the body's response to trauma. It helps people to become aware of how their bodies are holding onto the trauma and to learn how to release it.

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT): TF-CBT is a type of therapy that helps people to change the way they think about and react to traumatic memories. It focuses on helping people to challenge negative thoughts and beliefs about themselves and the world, and to develop new coping skills.


In addition to these specific modalities, there are many other things that can help people to heal from complex trauma. These include:

  • Supportive relationships: Having supportive relationships with family, friends, or a therapist can be essential for healing from trauma. These relationships can provide a safe space to talk about the trauma, to feel heard and understood, and to receive support.

  • Self-care: Taking care of oneself physically and emotionally is essential for healing from trauma. This includes getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and engaging in activities that bring joy.

  • Education: Learning about trauma and how it affects the brain and body can be helpful for healing. This can help people to understand their symptoms and to develop coping strategies.

Healing from complex trauma is a process that takes time and effort. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, and what works for one person may not work for another. However, with the right support and resources, it is possible to heal from trauma and live a full and meaningful life.

Here are some additional resources that may be helpful:

  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN): The NCTSN is a national network of organizations that provide information and resources on child trauma.

  • National Center for PTSD: The National Center for PTSD is a federal government agency that provides information and resources on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • The Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute: The Trauma Center is a nonprofit organization that provides training and consultation on trauma-informed care.

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