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Healing Your Original Wound from Childhood Trauma – Help Heal the Child Within.

Childhood Trauma Keynote Speaker Derek Clark

Healing Your Original Wound from Childhood Trauma

I’m not a licensed therapist or medical professional, but I can offer some general guidance on healing from childhood trauma. It’s essential to recognize that healing from trauma is a complex and individual process that may require professional help. If you’re dealing with severe trauma, I strongly encourage you to seek support from a qualified therapist or counselor. That being said, here are some steps you can consider as part of your healing journey:

  1. Acknowledge the trauma: Recognize that you experienced childhood trauma and understand that its effects may still impact your life. Acceptance is the first step towards healing.

  2. Seek professional help: A trained therapist experienced in trauma can provide a safe and supportive space for you to work through your feelings and memories. They can offer specialized techniques, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), or dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), tailored to your needs.

  3. Practice self-compassion: Be gentle with yourself and avoid self-blame. Trauma is not your fault, and healing takes time and effort. Treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding you would offer a friend going through a difficult time.

  4. Build a support network: Surround yourself with understanding and caring individuals who can provide emotional support. Sharing your feelings with trusted friends or family members can be immensely beneficial.

  5. Engage in self-care: Take care of your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Engage in activities that bring you joy, relaxation, and a sense of grounding. This may include exercise, mindfulness practices, hobbies, or spending time in nature.

  6. Address triggers and coping mechanisms: Identify triggers that remind you of the trauma and work on developing healthy coping mechanisms to deal with them. Mindfulness techniques can be helpful in managing distressing emotions.

  7. Educate yourself about trauma: Learning more about trauma and its effects can help you understand your experiences and reactions better. This knowledge can empower you during your healing journey.

  8. Set boundaries: Establish healthy boundaries with people and situations that may trigger or exacerbate your trauma responses. This might include limiting contact with toxic individuals or avoiding certain environments.

  9. Express yourself creatively: Art, journaling, or other creative outlets can be therapeutic ways to express emotions and process traumatic experiences.

  10. Focus on progress, not perfection: Healing from trauma is not linear. There may be ups and downs, and that’s entirely normal. Celebrate your progress, no matter how small, and be patient with yourself.

Remember that healing is a gradual process, and it’s okay to take the time you need. If you find yourself struggling or feeling overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to seek help from a qualified mental health professional. They can provide personalized guidance and support tailored to your specific needs.

Are you ready to heal your original wound?

Derek Clark is an inspiring keynote speaker and trainer helping adults create healing experiences for victims of childhood trauma. Healing a child’s original wound starts with adults knowing more about how to help. The original scar is deep within their childhood and that can be a lot for anyone to handle.

Fortunately, you have childhood trauma expert and conference keynote speaker Derek Clark on your side. He’s been through it all – survived horrific child abuse, foster care for 13 years, rejection, homelessness, abandonment…a survivor to thriver…truly a trauma to triumph inspirational story. He’s ready to help your conference attendees or employees offer hope and strategies to help survivors of childhood trauma. Visit to learn more about how to reserve keynote speaker Derek Clark for your next event.


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