"Wounds are often the opening into the best & most beautiful parts of us" David Richo
"Trauma-Informed Practice is a strengths-based framework grounded in an understanding of and responsiveness to the impact of trauma, that emphasises physical, psychological, and emotional safety for everyone, and that creates opportunities for survivors to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment" (Hopper et al., 2010).
Trauma-informed therapy has the starting place of ‘what happened to you’ not ‘what’s wrong with you’, it accepts that the impact of trauma is far more prevalent than most people realise.
Trauma-informed therapy sees that a lot of our experiences can have an impact on how we are in the world. People with a history of depression or anxiety or relationship difficulties could have underlying trauma. Trauma changes how a person regulates themselves and therefore their ability to self-care both emotionally, psychologically and within relationships.
The main principles in trauma informed therapy are; safety, choice, collaboration, trustworthiness and empowerment.
Ref: Hooper.E.K.,Bassuk , E.L., & Olivet, J. (2010) "Shelter from the Storm: Trauma-Informed Care in Homelessness services Settings"