Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

A journey to healing from complex trauma.

Daniela Sieff, audio from her speaking about her work, at the RSA.


I am so thankful for Daniela researching and writing about the deep consequences of emotional trauma.

I will listen to this repeatedly and I know one thing that stood out….

“When we shame ourselves into change, we only create more shame” – Daniela F Sieff

I am so understanding this and how the constant shame of not being ‘good enough’ and continually hearing these messages from society and even in counselling, I just feel more and more shame.

~ Lilly Hope Lucario

Dr Daniela F. Sieff, writer and researcher; Alison Critchley, Chief Executive of RSA Academies

We are becoming increasingly aware of how widespread trauma is, and of the huge costs it imposes not only on individuals and their immediate communities, but also on society more generally.

But what exactly do we mean by the word ‘trauma’?

There is a great deal of misunderstanding about trauma, and we need to develop far greater clarity if we are to work with it more effectively.  Trauma is defined by the impact that painful and frightening experiences have on us and by the long term effect those experiences have on our lives, rather than by the relative content of those experiences.

When experiences leave us with a deeply held conviction that our survival is at risk, our bodies and brains construct an unconscious system whose ‘aim’ is to protect us, but which paradoxically creates new cycles of trauma in ourselves and those with whom we interact.  Understanding this system is crucial to transforming it.

Author: Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

I am a survivor of complex and multiple trauma and abuse, who at the age of 40, began my healing journey. I am using my journey to recovery and healing, to help others, to help survivors feel less alone, validated, encouraged and to enable others to understand themselves more. Complex trauma, particularly from severe, prolonged childhood abuse, is profoundly life changing. Complex trauma produces complex adults. The journey to recovery is a painful, often lonely, emotional daily challenge and it is my aim to encourage others in their daily battle. ~ Lilly Hope Lucario

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