• Karen Peabody, LICSW

Understanding Trauma

Updated: Jan 4


Not all trauma is the same and most people will never escape the result of something bad happening to them. This is a part of life. There are three major types of trauma:

1) A single incident of tragic occurrence/es (accident, crash)

2) Witnessing tragic occurrence (domestic violence or emotional parental separation such as substance abuse or jail)

3) Chronic unstable living situation (poverty, frequent moving, difficult peer relations)


Arguably there are more incidents that cause trauma but these are the main three that we reference. These incidences have the potential to cause emotional and physical changes to your body that have the potential of long term effects.


The long term effects usually come in ways of emotional hyper-vigilance or emotional collapse. Most people do not understand the link between what they have lived through and what this has done to their emotional and physical self.


These changes can be reversed by taking steps starting today. See our next post coming soon: 5 Steps to Change your Emotions to learn more.


Karen Peabody, LICSW is a therapist and business consultant for social workers and therapists interested in starting their private practice. She founded Forgewell Solutions in East Bridgewater, MA. Her office is a great place to start a private practice. Visit her FOR THERAPISTS page to learn more.


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