Clinical Psychologist Joanne Ronalds is listening to her client who is seeking therapy for her trauma and recovery

While there are effective treatments for people struggling with the impact of a traumatic event, many people face barriers that prevent them from getting help. Overcoming these barriers can be difficult but not impossible. Here are some first steps we recommend you take to start your journey to recovery. 

Taking the first steps: Overcoming the barriers to trauma recovery

Clinical Psychologist Amy Felman provides support, reassurance and guidance to a client in trauma therapy

Experiencing trauma can significantly impact one’s physical and emotional well-being. While most people recover using common coping strategies, some need psychological therapies to improve. However, barriers like the fear of reliving trauma, trusting psychologists, judgment, and doubts about treatment efficacy often impede seeking help. Addressing these barriers is crucial to recovery.

Common barriers to trauma recovery