Adulting After Dysfunky

Is This You?

Thoughts that block recovery from childhood trauma:

  • It wasn't that bad.

  • Other people had it worse.

  • Was it really abuse, toxic?

  • I can't think of specific examples.

  • Physical, sexual abuse didn't occur.

  • My parents did their best.

  • I had a roof over my head, food.


(verb) the act of identifying and giving yourself what you needed but never received from your parents on every level including acts of love, protection, and support with growing and thriving in life

Adult children from dysfunctional families need to remind ourselves that other people's bad moods are not our responsibility. 

The injury of complex trauma survivors is two fold the pain of the original trauma and the pain of not being believed. Therapy can help.