Renowned psychiatrist and psychological trauma expert Dr. Judith Herman was once posed a question on how to heal from psychological trauma. Her response, “the healing is relational — just as the damage is relational, the healing is relational. You can’t really heal by yourself.” Her point is this: we must engage socially if we are to combat our trauma. Exposure to childhood trauma is profound in our society. National data suggests 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will survive child sexual abuse, and additional data reports 3.6 million referrals were made to child protective agencies across the…

Bret Nielson, LCSW

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