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  • Writer's pictureSophia Khan

No, The Word Trauma Is Not Being "Overused"

As a trauma therapist, I’m not overly worried about the word trauma being “overused” (even though I come across this sentiment often.

Here's Why:

The experience of trauma is individualized. What is traumatic for one person,

may not be traumatic to another person.

Factors such as personal history, cultural background, level of supports, our unique nervous systems, and much more can shape how a person may perceive and respond to a difficult event.

As Gabor Maté states: “trauma is not what happens to you; it is what happens inside you as a result of what happens to you”.

Many survivors of childhood trauma, relational trauma, or other forms of complex trauma often feel as though their trauma is not as “valid” because other people have experienced “worse”.

Validating our own experiences, wounds, hurts, and/or traumas does not invalidate anyone else’s experience. I will honor whatever word you feel fits your experience best.

Validating our own experiences is an important step towards healing. We cannot heal what we dismiss, hide, ignore, or minimize. 

Unacknowledged hurts are like wounds that bleed over and over and over...

As a trauma therapist, it is my goal to hold for my clients a supportive place where they are comfortable sharing their stories, whatever they may be. 

Collaboratively, we explore these experiences, fostering self-compassion and self-discovery.

I empower my clients to honor their lived experiences and articulate their narratives using language that resonates authentically with them.

So no, as a trauma therapist, I don't believe the word trauma is being "overused". In fact, in many ways, I think the word trauma is underused.

I believe we would all benefit from a society where we can recognize and openly address experiences of trauma and/or adversity to support each other better and to build a more compassionate world.

Hi there! My name is Sophia and I'm a trauma therapist who supports those looking to heal the ways past relational, complex, or childhood trauma may have impacted their relationship with self or others.

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