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Why Validation Is Important in Supporting Trauma Survivors

What is emotional trauma? Emotional trauma is the result of highly distressing events. Some of these events include war, childhood abuse, rape or the death of a loved one.

However, not all traumatic events affect individuals in the same way. Two sexual assault survivors may respond entirely differently to what happened to them; one may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the other one may not.

But what matters most is this: when a survivor speaks up, many times people fail to listen and support their truth. As a psychotherapist, I see a theme come up often for survivors of trauma: not feeling validated by people around them.

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