Where to Start – Support

Finding support is key to start healing.

You’ve likely landed on this site because of a blog link or a search engine. Perhaps you resonated with a post and wanted to learn more. Maybe you already know you have trauma and want to find out more about healing. I remember when I first started looking for answers, I desperately searched everywhere. It was so very vast and confusing.

There are two important steps to healing from harm: support and education. Without these, I find re-traumatization common. Support is essential as humans are tribal beings. We cannot heal alone. We require the security and reassurance we did not receive so our nervous system can mirror regulation instead of being stuck in fight/flight/freeze. We also need education. Our bodies are libraries full of wisdom but feels like minefields when we don’t understand what is going on. Our symptoms are messages but without knowing what they are, we will be rightfully frightened of them and stop their progress.

Here is what I found helpful in my journey:

Support

When I first looked for help, I went searching for two people: a therapist and a support group. I had A LOT of questions and felt deeply alone in my pain.

Finding a therapist – Coming Soon.

This requires a full article by itself so click here to learn more. – Coming soon.

Support groups

I enrolled in many Facebook groups. I’m still in them today. I even formed one of my own. They are the lifeline in my most desperate moments of need. There is always someone who gets it and is willing to help. These are some of my favourites.

Somatic IFS Discussion Group

My group. A place where participants of multi-disciplinary approaches can share information and support. Somatic and IFS therapy are large topics of conversation. We also discuss many other therapeutic disciplines and any other healing topics of interest.We are not affiliated with any one type of healing modality. Our goal is to simply have a safe place to share, connect, and learn.

IFS (Internal Family Systems) Community Group

“IFS is a movement. A new, empowering paradigm for understanding and harmonizing the mind and, thereby, larger human systems. One that can help people heal and helps the world become a more compassionate place. By sharing IFS experiences with the members of this community we foster inner and outer connectedness.” – From IFS Community Group

Healing Journey for C-PTSD from Developmental Trauma

“This is a support group for people dealing with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) caused by developmental trauma, a.k.a. Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD). Developmental trauma is the trauma from emotional/ psychological/ narcissistic/ physical/ sexual abuse or/and neglect over a prolonged period in childhood (fetal stage to 25 years of age). This group is also open to those who don’t have C-PTSD from developmental trauma but wish to know more about ‚Äčit.” – From Healing Journey Group

Trauma Psychotherapy

“A group for support and the discussion of trauma based psychotherapies, including primal therapy, primal integration, somatic experiencing, EMDR, sensorimotor psychotherapy, emotional discharge, and any other therapies which consider past trauma as a main source of mental health issues. All of the available therapy methods must have advantages and benefits which can be compared and contrasted on this group. This may be informative for both practitioners and those suffering from the effects of various kinds of trauma.” – From Trauma Psychotherapy Group