Dear Survivor Parent,
Yes, birthing and parenting are triggers that can open up old wounds. If you are struggling to manage flashbacks and intrusive thoughts about your childhood abuse while parenting, you are not alone in this. And yes, there is something we can do about it.
Hi, I’m Joyelle Brandt I’m a self care coach for parents, who specializes in working with survivors of abuse. I want you to know that when you are feeling triggered by daily acts of parenting, you are experiencing a completely normal response for someone with a trauma history. You are not crazy, you are not broken, and together we can work to heal from old trauma patterns and build a life with more joy and connection.
If you would like to learn more about Parenting After Trauma, join me on May 13th in Port Moody for an evening workshop. We will cover:
- how early childhood trauma affects mental, emotional, and physical health throughout the lifespan
- common triggers for parenting survivors
- common reactions and symptoms experienced by parenting survivors
- the role self and co-regulation play in recalibrating the body’s stress response system
You will leave the evening with validation, support, and concrete steps that you can take to start feeling better in your daily life with your kids. Your history does not have to be your future. You have the power to create the life that you want for yourself and your family.