Relational / Childhood Trauma

You probably have heard the word “trauma” used in the context of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the term that has become a common word in our culture through the years of seeing what our veterans experienced from wars. When we think of the word "trauma," we may think of the experience of participating in battles, being injured in a car accident, being a victim of a violent crime, surviving a natural disaster, etc. These experi
ences are often beyond the scope of what our minds could comprehend, and thus tend to overwhelm our body and mind, making it difficult for us to move on with our lives.

Relational / Interpersonal trauma may not be as obvious to detect as a car accident experience, and thus, it can be more challenging to recover from. Relational trauma is the emotional, psychological, and physical trauma that occurs in the context of relationships, whether it is between parent and child, siblings, partners, friends, colleagues or even strangers. When we have experiences where we feel powerless, threatened, forced, and/or unsafe,
we may be left with long-term consequences that affect our body and mind in a profound way.

Especially when we experience these traumatic events over time as a child in relationships with those who are expected to be trustworthy and caring for us, this can impact on the development of our personalities, lifestyles choices, and beliefs about ourselves and the world in such ways that could help us cope with the impact of these experiences as children.These coping skills might have helped you to survive the adverse impacts of traumatic events as a child. However,they often do not serve you, as an adult, to achieve the life and relationships you want. Nonetheless, many of us still use the same coping skills that we developed as a child in situations where we are expected to function as a mature adult. Naturally, we become confused and fail to get the life that we want and deserve. 


What does it do?

Relational trauma in childhood can cause:

  • Chronic depression 
  • Constant/frequent high anxiety in social situations 
  • Harsh self-criticism 
  • Difficulty calming down when upset 
  • Self-hatred 
  • Unhealthy relationship patterns 
  • Negative self-image 
  • Relentless perfectionism 
  • Low self-esteem 
  • Disordered eating patterns
  • Addicted behaviors
  • Stress-related physical issues, i.e., sleep difficulties, digestive issues.



What can you get out of childhood trauma counseling?

Trauma recovery therapy does not aim to erase the wounds or the memories.What happened in your past will remain in the past as a fact. The goal is to face the wounds and learn what impacts they have had on your life, so that they will not control you or interrupt your life anymore.

Counseling can help you achieve:

  • Healthy relationships​
  • Motivation and energy to pursue your goals in life
  • Freedom to be who you are
  • Healthy boundaries with your family
  • Compassion for yourself and others 
  • Better achievement in your job and career
  • Physical health

At Lionheart Therapy, your past mistakes are seen as attempts to cope with adverse circumstances. 
Take the first step now, to learn better coping skills that will support you to create the life you want and deserve.    

Childhood Trauma Recovery Counseling

6200 S. Syracuse Way, Suite 260
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Contact us to receive support through hard times, find solutions to problems, and walk toward healing and growth.

Empowerment, Trauma Recovery, and Cultural Inclusion