Trauma Survivor? Why Body-Based Therapy Is Essential

{Note: I wrote this post for Daily Motivation. Here is the introduction, but to finish reading the post, click the “Read More” link below.}

When many people think of “trauma survivors”, they think of combat veterans, victims of abuse, sexual violence, physical injury, or those who have survived life-threatening circumstances. These kinds of experiences are also most commonly associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

These are sometimes referred to as “Big T” traumas.

However, there are actually many more “trauma survivors” that fall into the “little t” trauma category. Essentially, “little t” trauma would be any distressing experience or event that one considers “traumatic”, such as:


  • Living in a chronic stressful environment, feeling unsafe
  • An injury (not life-threatening, but still traumatic)
  • Being bullied
  • Experiencing loss (people and pets)
  • Witnessing something traumatic (can happen to policemen, firemen, paramedics)
  • Job loss
  • Relationship breakup/divorce
  • Other personal stressors


Dominica Applegate
Written by: Dominica Applegate

Dominica Applegate is an author, writer, and transpersonal spiritual teacher. Her teachings have helped millions of people experience emotional healing, relationship repair, and spiritual awakening. Earning her BA in Psychology and MA in Counseling, she worked 12 years in the mental health field before diving full-time into writing.

She runs Rediscovering Sacredness, an online portal that offers inspiration, essays, resources, and tools to help heal inner pain and experience more peace and joy.

Her books include:

Into The Wild Shadow Work Journal
Healing After a Breakup: A 50 Day Devotional & Guided Inner Work Journal
Goodbye Codependency: A 40-Day Devotional to Boost Self-Care
The Pain, It Shapes Her World {Poetry}