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How are those in relationships affected by secondary trauma?

Experiencing a traumatic event can lead to PTSD, but there's also another form of trauma called secondary trauma. This type of trauma affects those who support and care for someone who has experienced trauma, including romantic partners. LGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to experience secondary trauma, as they are more likely to experience trauma in the first place.

While secondary trauma may appear less severe than direct trauma, it presents its own unique challenges. It's important not to feel ashamed for experiencing the effects of a loved one's trauma; recognizing and comprehending your own experiences is equally vital. Signs and symptoms include physical (headaches, heart palpitations, exhaustion), behavioral (irritability, social withdrawal, relationship issues), and psychological (anxiety, sleep disturbances, intense guilt).

However, there are ways to work through trauma and to mend your relationship as a whole, such as Holistic Couples Therapy. In this therapeutic approach, both therapist and client(s) examine the individual(s) as a complete entity, encompassing the body, mind, soul, relationships, and systems. Holistic couples therapy involves addressing all facets of a relationship rather than focusing solely on individual issues. Without employing a holistic perspective, it can be challenging to identify and address the dynamics of a relationship and all associated problems.

If you're seeking to repair your relationship, regardless of whether it's been affected by trauma, Terra Dusa offers Holistic Relationship Counseling. Click here to learn more or to book an appointment:


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