Everyone deals with things differently. Whether feelings are not our strong suit and we completely avoid them or we are emotionally distraught and find ourselves ruminating all too often. Both of these are unhealthy ways of dealing with traumas. On one hand, if you do not process through trauma, it can lead to unhealthy future relationships. If you ruminate in unhealed trauma, you never experience the chance of moving on and growing from change.

This post is specifically for people who are stuck in a spot where they might not know what to do. When trauma occurs, the body goes into fight or flight mode which is our instinctual way of dealing with threat or fear. In response to this, our body will also tense up and freeze making it near impossible for our bodies and brains to process things for long-term care like cell-repair and digestion.

There are three types of trauma including acute, chronic, and complex trauma. Acute trauma is the result of a singular traumatic event such as loss of a loved one, divorce, and many other things. Chronic trauma is an ongoing version of trauma salient with things like domestic abuse, bullying, and child abuse. Complex trauma is a way of describing how the exposure to multiple traumatic events can affect someone across their lifetime.

Processing trauma is hard and can be difficult to do without help. If you or someone you know is struggling, reach out to New Leaf by phone at (331) 725-1190 or email at We can help!