Post Traumatic Growth
By: Samantha Silverman, LCSW
Trauma can have a profound impact on our lives, leaving us feeling powerless and vulnerable. However, it’s important to remember that adverse experiences can also serve as opportunities for growth and change.
Post traumatic growth (PTG) posits that individuals who have experienced trauma can not only recover but also experience positive changes in their lives as a result of undergoing a traumatic experience.
PTG refers to the positive psychological changes that can occur as a result of a traumatic event. These changes can manifest in a variety of ways, including an increased appreciation for life, a greater sense of personal strength, improved relationships, and a deeper understanding of one’s own values and priorities.
While experiencing a traumatic event can be incredibly difficult, it’s integral to remember that recovery is possible. By embracing the idea of post traumatic growth, individuals can take an active role in their own healing process and find meaning and purpose in their experiences.
There are several factors that can contribute to PTG. These include:
Support from others – Having a strong support system can be instrumental in helping individuals to cope with trauma and find meaning in their experiences. Support can come in many forms, including friends, family, support groups, and mental health professionals.
Resilience – Resilience refers to the ability to bounce back from adversity. Those who are able to cultivate resilience may be more likely to experience post traumatic growth as they are better equipped to navigate difficult emotions and situations.
Meaning-making – Finding meaning in the traumatic experience can be a powerful tool for healing. This might involve identifying personal values that were strengthened or discovering a new purpose in life as a result of the trauma.
Positive coping strategies – Engaging in healthy coping strategies, such as exercise, mindfulness, and therapy, can help individuals to manage the stress and emotions associated with trauma.
It’s important to note that post traumatic growth is not the same as “getting over” trauma or experiencing a complete resolution of symptoms. Instead, it’s a process of learning to live with the trauma and finding ways to thrive despite it.
If you’re struggling with the aftermath of a traumatic experience, know that you are not alone. With the right support and resources, it’s possible to not only recover but also experience positive changes in your life as a result. Reach out to a mental health professional or support group to start your journey towards post traumatic growth today.
At Silver Linings Counseling, we are here to guide you in your Post Traumatic Growth.