What is PTG? Part 4

Typically, our blogs that discuss particular disorders focus on the different challenges they create.  I love that Post Traumatic Growth focuses on how a traumatic event can eventually make you stronger if it's worked through and processed appropriately. If you haven't had a chance to read the prior three blogs, please take time to do so, as this is an addition to it. 

Personal Strength

When trauma is worked through and processed appropriately, the person can come out stronger than they ever were before. It can take a lot of time to process through a traumatic event. Every time a person does so, they grow and strengthen their mental muscles. They are working on their resilience and challenging beliefs they may have had before. Like a marathon runner, they have to start small and think of the end goal which is to work through the trauma and become better because of it. If they only think in the pain of the moment, they will give up. 

Recently, I attended a conference on trauma and how it relates to sex trafficking survivors. I was amazed to hear actual survivors who are now therapists or speakers who are helping either prevent trafficking or helping those who have survived it. Their lives before were not going on a path to become therapists. But the event itself and how they processed it made them so strong, they used it for good and to help others. The actual traumatic events that took place, as well as the work they did to process through it made them stronger than ever. It was inspiring. 

Spiritual Change

Oftentimes, a traumatic event brings people to spiritual change. Whether they realize they need their spirituality to help them through or they learn about it because of the path they are on in their healing, trauma brings people to a point of needing something bigger than themselves to help them. 

Referring back to the conference, many survivors in other countries have never heard about God. Some of the aftercare provided to them introduces them to God and how He can help them through their pain. Many survivors find it comforting to know they can depend on someone bigger than them to get them through such a painful process. This journey actually brings them spiritual change. 

Hopefully this week you or someone you know can see how trauma does not have to just be left at trauma. It can bring growth and healing in a way you've never experienced. Tomorrow Joleen will finish out the blog with one more point of discussion. Thank you for reading!

Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC LCAC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville.