The Effects of Childhood Trauma Recap

By Senait Temesgen, Mental Health Practitioner at Erk Mead Mental Health Services

The Effects of Childhood Trauma session led by Senait Temesgen, was focused on the profound impact of childhood trauma on our lives and the importance of addressing it for personal growth and well-being. Senait began by emphasizing the significance of acknowledging past experiences. She stating that an unresolved past can cast a shadow on one’s present. Senait explained that the word trauma comes from a Greek word meaning wound. 

Childhood trauma encompasses events up to the age of 18. It has distinctions between Big T trauma (major events like civil wars or sexual abuse) and Small t trauma (less severe incidents like bullying or mental abuse). Trauma significantly influences our mental health, often manifesting as hidden wounds that only surface when triggered.

Highlighting the difficulty of understanding others’ traumas, Senait stressed the importance of self-awareness. She asserted that individuals are responsible for their own lives. She delved into the complexities faced by parents. They may unknowingly transfer their unresolved traumas to their children, creating challenges in relationships.

Senait introduced EMDR Therapy as a means of addressing unconscious trauma. She emphasized the need to confront and properly deal with it. Trauma, she explained, distorts the “I am” mindset, leading to negative self-perceptions. Senait underscored that relationships, particularly those that trigger our traumas, were crucial points of self-reflection.

The discussion touched on the enduring impact of trauma on identity, relationships, and trust, often resulting in self-sabotage. Senait mentioned the significance of recognizing triggers as indicators of unhealed aspects of ourselves and the connection between emotional wounds and physical pain.

The idea that unhealed trauma perpetuates across generations was explored in the session. Senait noted the common pattern of individuals repeating the roles modeled by their parents. She addressed the mind’s tendency to suppress facts it deems overwhelming, leading to dissociation.

Senait offered practical advice for self-reflection, encouraging individuals to question undesirable behaviors and their origins. She advocated seeking knowledge through books and podcasts while fostering a genuine spiritual connection as part of the healing process. Ultimately, Senait conveyed that healing from trauma transforms it into wisdom. She emphasized the importance of detaching emotions from memories to achieve true healing. The overarching message remained clear: individuals are responsible for their own healing journey.

Major Takeaways

  • Acknowledging past experiences is crucial because an unresolved past can cast a shadow on your present life.
  • Distinguishing between Big T trauma (major events like civil wars or sexual abuse) and Small t trauma (less severe incidents like bullying or mental abuse) is essential for understanding the varying impacts of trauma.
  • Parents often unknowingly transfer their unresolved traumas to their children, resulting in challenges within relationships.
  • Trauma has the power to distort the “I am” mindset, leading to negative self-perceptions and impacting one’s overall identity.
  • Engaging in self-reflection is encouraged to question the origins of undesirable behaviors and foster a deeper understanding of your actions.
  • The transformative process of healing from trauma evolves into wisdom
  • Individuals are responsible for their own healing journey.

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