Healing after trauma

Survivors of sexual and relationship violence can experience a wide range of emotions after an experience of harm. When we experience an unexpected or harmful event or series of events, our brains and bodies go into survival mode. As the acute danger subsides, it can be difficult to come to terms with what's happened and to move forward on a journey of healing.

In the days, months, or years after a trauma, you may feel feeling anger, sadness, joy, grief, loneliness, or some combination of those and other emotions. It is also common for some survivors to feel numb, disconnected, or emotionless. Any response to an experience of harm is normal.

As a campus community, we are working to offer more opportunities for folks who are finding their way down a healing path. Check back here for more updates.

In the meantime, you may consider learning more about the following healing modalities; the advocate can help you think through how to access ones that feel right for you:

  • Talk therapy/counseling
  • Movement practices, such as yoga and Tai Chi
  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Energy healing
  • Eco therapy
  • Art

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