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Published on September 26th, 2013 | by Becky Castle Miller

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(Blog) Complex Trauma and Other Reading

In his article about trauma recovery, Dr. Philip Monroe suggests three words we can use in discussing goals and asks which you prefer:

Healing? Recovery? Integration? These words contain information, movement, and emotion. What words do you like to use when describing the process of getting better after a traumatic experience? ….

I like the connotations of integration. But, I am not sure I like the word integration since it also doesn’t connote some level of arrival at a good enough place. What word would you use?

Let us know in the comments. What do you think of these words? Do you have others to suggest?

To read some of Dr. Monroe’s other writings about trauma and recovery, see these articles on his blog, Musings of a Christian Psychologist:

Good Trauma Telling

Why Is Some Trauma Complex?

Treatment of Complex Trauma: Why Mistrust of the Counselor Is Necessary and Good

Heal Thyself: Do We Have the Capacity?

When Trauma Isn’t “Post”

Image from Dr. Monroe’s blog header

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About the Author

Becky Castle Miller

is the Managing Editor of Wyn Magazine. She is an American expat in the Netherlands, a writer/reader/editor focused on helping women make better lives.



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