Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

A journey to healing from complex trauma.


A Must Visit Complex Trauma & PTSD Resource ~ Open Forest LLC

I feel very honoured and very thankful, to have been asked to share this article, by Joan Swart – Psy D @ Open Forest LLC


The importance of a good mental health online resource is undisputed. It is widely accessible, free or low cost, and usually easy to use. Together with an incredible amount of insightful information to support sufferers of PTSD, the “Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD” website has won awards and showcase plenty of positive testimonials to prove the confidence of professionals and users. But, before we delve further into this valuable resource, a bit more about the prominence of PTSD.

The effects of trauma are more widespread than you think

It is estimated that 70 percent of adults in the U.S. have experienced some kind of traumatic event at least once in their lives. This equates to about 225 million people, of which up to one-out-of-five go on to develop PTSD. This means that there are approximately 45 million individuals in the U.S. alone who were or are struggling with PTSD. Furthermore, about one-out-of-nine women develop PTSD, nearly twice as likely as men.

The cost resulting from PTSD is astronomical

As one can imagine, the annual cost to society regarding healthcare services, loss of productivity and quality of life, disruptions to families and communities, and intergenerational effects are astronomical. PTSD is a psychobiological disorder. This means that it is associated with physical and biological changes, such as brain function and hormonal imbalances, as well as emotional and thought disturbances. The development and symptoms of PTSD are so varied that it is sometimes overlooked or misdiagnosed.

The onset and symptoms of PTSD are varied

Some cases of PTSD may be delayed, with only subtle symptoms showing up initially and more severe symptoms emerging months after the traumatic event. Symptoms are diverse, with official classifications listing up to 28 criteria components. These include intense and unwanted recurring memories of the event, nightmares, emotional numbness, intense guilt or worry, angry outbursts, feeling on edge, and avoiding thoughts and situations that are reminders of the trauma.

Although different people seem to develop PTSD in various ways, the effect of traumatic events appears to be cumulative. This means that every time a trauma is experienced, the probability of developing PTSD and the intensity of the symptoms are likely to increase. Taking into account that 26 percent of children in the U.S. will witness or experience a traumatic event before they turn four, the chances of PTSD increase dramatically. Certain settings and contexts further multiply the risk, such as exposure to combat, domestic abuse, sexual assault, imprisonment, terrorism, gang activities, natural disasters, and severe personal loss (e.g. employment, housing, spouse, child). Continue reading


This Blog – reviewed by a doctor of psychology, as one of Top 6 Trauma Blogs! :)

Received an email from a psychologist (doctorate) – stating this blog has been reviewed and is listed as one of Top 6 Trauma Blogs!

See @ https://openforest.net/6-great-traumaptsd-blogs/

Feel very honoured and so thankful for this feedback and the support and encouragement from professionals, as to my work being meaningful and helpful.


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Feedback from Shannon Thomas :)

I am so thankful for Shannon asking me if she can include my resources – Website, Blog etc – in her upcoming book about recovering from abuse.

Of course I said yes, and I feel SO honoured, to be asked. This will be the second book my resources are going to be featured in.

Shannon wrote this on her own Facebook page and I am so very thankful ❤

“As I put the finishing touches on the book and study guide, I am creating a Resource page to include. There are many books, blogs and social media pages that are great and helping people. When I thought about the different people to ask to be included in the book as a resource, I went to my own bookshelf. I went to my saved social media pages because those are the ones I seek out even if they don’t show in my news feed.

I asked Lilly at Healing From Complex Trauma and Ptsd/cptsd to be included as one of the resources because her website http://www.healingfromcomplextraumaandptsd.com/ is the most thorough and user friendly I have found on the subject of Complex PTSD.

I have been to every page on the site and it is all grounded in clinical truth so people visiting can know that what she is sharing is solid from a mental health perspective. It covers education about Complex PTSD and PTSD. She also writes and shares blogs about living a life of recovery and healing. The website covers the full spectrum of a survivors journey, not just the early stages of despair.

She maintains a vibrant Facebook page with over 30,000 followers because clearly what she is saying resonates with many people.

Lilly is a brave woman who has turned her life story into a driving force to help others with Complex PTSD and PTSD.

Thank you Lilly for everything you do each day ♡”

~ Shannon Thomas – Southlake Christian Counseling.



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My latest review, from a mental health professional! :)

I am always so very thankful for the reviews I receive. The ones from mental health professionals, are important, because they validate the quality of my work, insight and information.

This review, is from a very empathic and caring therapist.


During my last year in graduate school in my Marriage and family therapy program (2015) I discovered your website on Complex PTSD and it amazed me how much information you have on Complex Trauma.

I was unaware of Complex Trauma/PTSD until I began reading your blogs, resources and research. It is not taught in many schools and I hope eventually Complex Trauma will be a requirement in Psychology majors.

As I was working at my placement as an MFT trainee my clients displayed some symptoms and your website assisted me in providing them with resources and it helped.

Lilly, your website is very inspiring for survivors and it gives hope to those that have been struggling and has a place to come to for understanding, compassion and empathy.

You’re reaching people Globally and that in itself is Awesome!

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