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childhood trauma therapy | hillsborough north carolina | obeid counseling

What is childhood trauma?

Childhood trauma, relational trauma, and generational trauma is a single event or series of events that left you feeling unloved, unprotected, and vulnerable at a time when you should have felt safe and secure. It can be abuse, neglect, or another mistreatment that happened when you were young and were still developing as a person.

Your experience

Childhood trauma can take many forms, and it's important to recognize that your experiences may have varied. It could have been physical abuse, the pain of verbal abuse, the lasting scars of sexual abuse, or the anguish of bullying or teasing by peers. It might have resulted from a neglectful or overbearing parent, or perhaps a caregiver who couldn't provide the care you needed. Trauma can also be triggered by natural disasters like fires, floods, or earthquakes. Regardless of the specific event, they all share one common thread – they left you feeling powerless. Even if the trauma only occurred once in your life, its impact on your mental health and overall well-being can be enduring.

As adults, unresolved trauma often manifests as insecurity, self-abandonment, and self-judgment. We grapple with feelings of unworthiness and a persistent fear of abandonment, which can hinder our ability to connect with others. When we were children, we lacked the cognitive tools to comprehend what was happening to us or why, making it challenging to make sense of our experiences. But our journey together is about unpacking the past, healing from those painful events, and equipping you with valuable tools that empower you to shape your own future. It's a process of self-discovery and growth, where you no longer carry the burdens of your past but instead use them as stepping stones towards a brighter tomorrow.

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