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