“Most things that seem complicated are actually just hard.” This is a central idea that grounds Dr. Anita Phillips’ work as a trauma therapist and life coach. Marriage is a primary relationship where the impacts of trauma – often trauma that occurred prior to the relationship – show up. And when it does, labelling behaviours and laying blame may come easily for the other partner., However, untangling the deeper causes for the behaviour is hard work. Dr. Anita shares a very compelling analogy using seeds and plants to illustrate the process of getting back to the root of behaviours that are causing stress. There’s probably no human alive who is untouched by the impacts of trauma in their circle of loved ones. That’s why we bill this episode as one not to miss, and we’re grateful to Dr. Anita for sharing her wealth of wisdom.
In this episode we reference EMDR therapy. Find out more about this here.
We also discuss Dr Bruce Perry’s work – he’s just written a new book with Oprah Winfrey called What Happened To You – An excellent read on the topic of trauma and resilience.