Does Childhood Trauma Define Us as Adults?

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Healing Trauma through Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling Tiffany A. Tirico
Liberty University
Abstract
This paper explores and discovers components of marriage, family, and couples counseling and how trauma in relationships and family suffering can be treated. Several scholarly articles and other sources have discovered that marriage, family and couples counseling has proven to be highly effective, however; this research paper will attempt to discover this type of counseling through ethics, treatments, different traumas, and the counselor mechanisms. Several resources aided my research to ascertain the information I needed regarding the different components of trauma, therapy in relationships, couples counseling, suffering family, and the counselor. My ethical research was used to help establish a foundation of laws within marriage, family, and couples therapy to be considered during client sessions. My additional resources were used for creating the house of this paper to discover the components and research of trauma related to marriage, family, and couples counseling and how it can be treated. In this paper, I will conduct my own research through testimonials from interviews with Donna Kay Smith, a former Minister in Pennsylvania, who shared her counseling and personal experiences with me. While we know from my sources that marriage, family, and couples counseling enhances lives and helps those through trauma to eventually form healthy relationships; I will seek out through both research and experiment to discover the effectiveness this therapy truly has when trauma is a factor. Marriage, family, and couples counseling is not only a surface related snag, but an evil that in some cases is rooted from other traumatic experiences in the person’s life.

Keywords: LMFT, marriage and family therapy, couples counseling, divorcee counseling, Christian counseling, ethnicity and family therapy.

Healing Trauma through Marriage, Family, and Couples Therapy We must understand how the body is affected by trauma and its central position in healing its aftermath” (Levin, 1997, p. 3). The key to healing is physiological. Issues this family, couples, and marriages affect our minds, bodies, and souls equally. The key to understanding that it can be healed is the wisdom to understand that what happens in your life is something that becomes a part of you and it can be healed through therapy and support (Bosma, 1999). Marriage, family, and couples counseling is a form of therapy that for counselors is “…rewarding, fulfilling, and deeply moving. Having a thorough understanding of what is ahead of you will enable you to make the best choices for yourself and your clients” (Roskelley, 2008). These same feelings can be transformed to the souls of the hurting clients that are treated for any type of family or relationship related tribulations through counseling if the counselor is effective and working within his/her competence (Hay, 2008). “Traumatic symptoms are not caused by the ‘triggering’ event itself. They stem from the frozen residue of energy that has not been resolved and discharged; this residue remains trapped [from our childhood] in our nervous system where is can wreak havoc on our bodies and spirits” proposes Levine (Levin, 1997, p. 19). Let us first discuss how childhood trauma and effect is it has on a relationship, marriage, or family. Broken marriages and difficulties with relationships (couples) have the possibility to stem from a childhood trauma or a trauma during early adulthood. If the issue is not dealt with the trauma during the crisis time period, it will follow into adulthood and create harms in the relationships that the individual attempts to form. Thus, resulting in marriage complications; possibly even family complications if children are involved. Struggles and challenges in family and marriage situations are related to the individuals within the relationship and how they view...
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