The Healing Process: What You Need to Know
The Healing Process:
Trauma Informed Care Elements You Need to Know
Once upon a time, not too long ago, I felt really stuck in my healing process, which at the time only involved traditional talk therapy. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my therapist. But after a few months, I felt as if we were talking about same things over and over. I felt there were times when I couldn’t articulate my thoughts, feelings, emotions. I felt something was wrong with me for not being “healed” by the sixth month of therapy, a self-imposed benchmark. It took me years to realize the healing process is a deep, long, dark, winding journey. It’s taken me even longer to realize the Healing Arts can play a profound role in lightening and lighting the path towards wholeness. And this is the role of Women of Wonder.
- These are elements that guide not only the healing arts facilitator, but can also guide you, as a client, as a woman seeking trauma-informed care.
- These 12 Elements can help you touch base with your healing process, to make sure you are benefiting and receiving the best trauma-informed care.
- These are the elements that Women of Wonder strives to uphold in all of its workshops, programs, 1:1 sessions.
The First Element: Normalizing the healing process
The healing process is a journey, a nonlinear one. There are roadblocks, setbacks, times of great joy, and times of deep pain. Sometimes while along this journey, we’ve used coping mechanisms that have been less than healthy for us.
I was reminded of these coping mechanisms by David Emerson in his course Healing Trauma Through Yoga. Emerson talked about how even unhealthy coping mechanisms, or survival skills, are important because they can hold us together during times when we might otherwise collapse under the weight of dark thoughts. He remarked that as a practitioner whose goal is to empower clients that…
…it is NOT our job to “take away” these survival skills or to even judge them. They have been extremely useful though they may become very difficult to live with over time.
And it’s good to see Emerson agreeing with The Breathe Network on this important note:
The trauma-informed practitioner does not judge the client for ways in which they have attempted to cope. They are there to provide new tools in service of the client’s healing.
The Healing Arts are New Tools
The healing arts offered by Women of Wonder include writing/journaling, creative expression through visual media, and Trauma-Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY). What I love about these tools is this:
- Once you know the tiniest bit of how to use them, they are available to you 24/7.
- They are economical.
- They can enhance your healing journey in surprised and profound ways.
Yet, these tools can also create unpredictable responses, and PTSD or other symptoms can come up or become more intense.
I saw this happen recently in my Love Yourself: The Journey Begins program. The journaling/creating/connecting with other women creates an opening in the soul in which healing can blossom. But because this opening does not discriminate, it also invites shadowy things to surface, too. So when this happens, we talk about support systems, about not assigning a necessarily negative value to this, that instead this resurfacing indicates, as The Breathe Network writes:
…that there is enough internal stability or emotional safety available to process the unresolved impacts of trauma. It is important that clients know this is a possibility and that they are clear about what their resources are for support.
So, in a nutshell, here’s what Women of Wonder upholds as part of its goal towards Trauma-Informed Care that empowers you, rather than “taking away”:
Women of Wonder will not judge you for the ways in which you have attempted to cope.
For you, as a possible Women of Wonder client, consider embracing this:
When seeking care from Women of Wonder, or any healing arts facilitator, you as a trauma survivor are encouraged to understand that your symptoms are a natural response to trauma. Part of healing is to learn new skills for managing them.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Also, if you’re ready to learn new skills using the healing arts of writing/journaling, TCTSY, and/or creative expression, check out these upcoming workshops.
Next post will be on #2 Element of Trauma Informed Care: Practicing from a foundation of safety and trust. Stay tuned.
From my healing heart to yours,
Healing Arts Facilitator