I’ll start with what sucks. People do astonishingly terrible things to other people–unbelievable, unspeakable, and completely fucked up things. This happens all the time and on every street. Trauma happens in virtually every family. A fair chunk of trauma is caused by people who claim to love the people that they hurt. Many of the most severely traumatized people I have worked with had extensive contact with modern safety net services throughout their childhoods, with repeated foster care placements that resulted in round after round of additional childhood sexual trauma inside the systems designed to protect them. Many of my clients have never had a single safe person, a safe place, or any safe time.
In the vast majority of cases, trauma doesn’t end in childhood. It certainly doesn’t end with the person becoming my client. Trauma is alive in my clients because so little of it has ever been…
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