Too often, those of us who experienced harm fell into a community pattern of wounding. Some of us were not only harmed, but we also caused harm to others. We might not have seen our actions as harmful at the time, but we recognize now that our participation was damaging. CTA Wellness wants you to know that if you fall into categories like these, you will not be turned away. When you reach out with a genuine desire for help, you will find it. Please contact the Application Consultants for more information.
In order to cope with the effects of trauma, people often tell themselves a variety of things to keep from feeling the full impact of what happened, dismissing the experience or downgrading the importance of it. Sometimes people deflect attention away from the harmful experiences instead of looking at how they've been affected. Some of the things we might tell ourselves are:
One doesn’t need to have been touched physically to have experienced trauma. Witnessing the impact of harm to others can have lasting effects. This can lead to dismissing the hurt by holding the belief of being lucky to have avoided abuse. Yet the impact of seeing and knowing is painful and real. People cope with trauma in different ways.
The coping mechanisms that helped some survive in the moment can become harmful over time. Because of the way the brain responds to trauma, parts of ones neurology can become frozen in the trauma. Abuse survivors and/or witnesses might end up in cycles of behavior that are unhealthy and difficult to escape. Some of the ways these effects of harm might manifest are as follows:
No matter where you are in your process of understanding the harm you may have experienced when you were at Children's Theatre, or even the harm you may have caused, there is help for you. The Fund Application Consultants from Midwest Center for Trauma and Emotional Healing can help you find the best resources to address your specific concerns.
To take the first step to apply for the Fund, click HERE.