When trauma is repeated and long-term, the result is complex trauma. This type of trauma is often relational, meaning it stems from how you were treated by other human beings, sometimes the individuals that were supposed to be trustworthy, nurturing, and protective. The results of complex trauma often play out in people’s lives through critical self-talk and relational problems. You respond as if people are untrustworthy or out to get you. Or you may believe that you don’t deserve good things or that something is inherently wrong with you.
There is no diagnosis for complex trauma, though some will use the term, “Complex PTSD.” Individuals with complex trauma histories have often received multiple diagnoses and may have experienced little success in previous therapy. We feel confident and equipped to successfully treat those with complex histories.