Extensive research has shown that people who have experienced complex trauma, particularly in childhood often have emotional AND physical health problems in adulthood. Many also struggle with their self-esteem and sense of well-being. It can affect survivors’ chances of forming strong social and intimate relationships, including parenting. Or completing their education or holding down a job which matches their innate ability. Just as we now understand more about complex trauma and its impacts we also know a lot more about resilience and healing.
Neuroplasticity shows us that the structure and function of the brain can change throughout life. We know that people can and do recover from even severe early life trauma. Research shows that we have every reason to be optimistic about recovery from trauma. And the importance of honouring survival, survivors’ strength and courage, holding a sense of hope and optimism. This section of the website explores not only the impacts of complex trauma, but possibilities for healing and recovery.