Embarking on a journey of trauma recovery requires courage, determination, strength, and vulnerability. While you may have the support of a trauma therapist, incorporating quotes for trauma recovery is a simple yet powerful way to aid your healing journey at home.
In curating this collection of the best trauma quotes for recovery, the question arose: “Who better to provide you with a selection of trauma-related quotes than trauma therapists?” Hailing from various corners of the globe, these incredible trauma-informed professionals not only possess the expertise to guide others through their trauma recovery but often carry their own personal narratives of lived trauma experience, healing, and post-traumatic growth.
For insights on how to effectively use quotes to support your healing journey, check out another recent Trauma Warriors blog post, 21 Practices Using Quotes for Self-Discovery and Recovery.
I trust that you will discover support through this curated collection of trauma quotes from these dedicated therapists.
Wisdom from the Therapy Room: 37 Therapists Share Quotes for Trauma Recovery
She will never be the same person she was before the traumatic events in her life, but out of her grief, she can forge a new identity that neither denies her past nor allows it to define her entirely. – Judith Herman
Someone who drowns in 7 feet of water is just as dead as someone who drowns in 20 feet of water. Stop comparing traumas, stop belittling yours or anyone else’s trauma because it wasn’t ‘as bad’ as someone else’s. This isn’t a competition, we all deserve support and recovery.
– Casey Rose
Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.
– The Dalai Lama
Trauma is perhaps the most avoided, ignored, belittled, denied, misunderstood, and untreated cause of human suffering.
– Peter Levine
Self-assaulting shame so easily moonlights as personal responsibility.
– Gabor Mate
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
– Joseph Campbell
Trauma doesn’t disappear when you ignore it.
– Stephanie M. Hutchins
Rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation. Healing is an act of communion.
– Bell Hooks
Perhaps we should learn to love ourselves so loudly, it silences our insecurities.
– Louise Kaufmann
The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place.
– Barbara DeAngelis
Parents’ words become their children’s inner voices.
– Emily McIntire
Shame dies when stories are told in safe places.
– Ann VosKamp
Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness.
– Peter A. Levine
What you resist, persists.
– Carl Jung
Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.
– Peter A. Levine
Nonverbal memories are more important than verbal memories.
– Dr Janina Fisher
Trauma is when we are not seen and known.
– Bessel van der Kolk
Between stimulus and response there is a space….In this space is our power to choose our response. In our response, lies our growth and our freedom.
– Viktor Frankl
People often mistake numbness for nothingness; but numbness is not the absence of feelings, it’s a response to being overwhelmed by too many feelings.
– Lori Gottlieb
Trauma is not what happens to you. It is what happens inside you as a result of what happens to you … It is not the blow on the head, but the concussion I get.
– Gabor Maté
No matter how much pain and dysfunction you have to deal with in your life, every part of your psyche is doing its best to help you.
– Jay Earley
Shared by Jodie Gale. Trauma Therapist at Trauma Warriors. Registered Clinical Psychotherapist on Gayamaygal and Garrigal Country (Northern Beaches, Sydney) and Online. Connect with Jodie on Instagram.
It takes enormous trust and courage to allow yourself to remember.
– Bessel Van Der Kolk
One of the hardest things was learning I was worth recovery.”
– Demi Lovato
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.
– Carl Rogers
That is, to be ourselves causes us to be exiled by many others, and yet to comply with what others want causes us to be exiled from ourselves.
– Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves
The greatest sources of our suffering are the lies we tell ourselves.
– Bessel van der Kolk
We will trigger some and inspire others. Both are medicine.
And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.
– John Muir
You’re so mean when you talk about yourself. You were wrong. Change the voices in your head. Make them like you instead.
– Pink, Max Martin, Shellback
I can be with my experience with all its variety and surface contradictions. I can formulate myself out of this experience instead of trying to impose a formulation of myself upon this experience, which would prevent my awareness of those elements that don’t fit.
– Carl Rogers
Hope knows the sun has risen even when the clouds cover every ray of light.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Trauma is personal. It does not disappear if it is not validated. When it is ignored or invalidated the silent screams continue internally heard only by the one held captive. When someone enters the pain and hears the screams, healing can begin.
– Danielle Bernock
Your playing small does not serve the world… And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
– Marianne Williamson
I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.
– Hafiz of Shiraz
Bad things happen and they fuck you up.
– Prof. John Read
Shared by Melody Edwardson. Counsellor in Sunnybank Brisbane + Online. Connect with Melody on Facebook.