Trauma & Relationships

Trauma can have a profound impact on our ability to form and maintain healthy relationships. This page explores the ways in which trauma affects our relationships and communication, and provides strategies for healing and building healthy connections with others.

How Trauma Affects Relationships

Trauma can impact our relationships in many ways. People who have experienced trauma may struggle with trust, have difficulty communicating their needs and emotions, and may experience emotional numbness or dissociation. These challenges can make it difficult to form and maintain healthy relationships with others.

Strategies for Healing Trauma in Relationships

Healing from trauma is a complex process that often requires the support of others. Here are some strategies for building healthy relationships and healing from trauma:

  1. Prioritize self-care: Taking care of your own physical, emotional, and mental health is crucial for building healthy relationships. This may include seeking therapy, engaging in regular exercise, and finding ways to reduce stress.
  2. Build a support system: Surround yourself with supportive friends and family members who can provide emotional support and encouragement.
  3. Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness techniques, such as meditation and deep breathing exercises, can help reduce stress and improve emotional regulation.
  4. Improve communication skills: Learning to communicate effectively can help improve relationships and reduce conflict. This may include using “I” statements, active listening, and practicing empathy.

Seeking Professional Help

While self-care and building healthy relationships can be helpful in healing from trauma, it is often necessary to seek professional help. Therapists can provide specialized treatment for trauma, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Additionally, support groups for survivors of trauma can provide a sense of community and validation.


Trauma can have a significant impact on our relationships, but with the right support and strategies, healing is possible. Prioritizing self-care, building a support system, practicing mindfulness, improving communication skills, and seeking professional help are all important steps in healing from trauma and building healthy relationships.