15 Steps Adults Need to Take to Recover from Childhood Trauma

2. Go back in time

Take a trip back to a time in your childhood when you experienced trauma. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? In fact, this can be a difficult process, and it may take you a few tries to get it right. That is why experts recommend that you experiment with this process by first focusing on recent events that have upset you. If you can transport yourself back in time to these events, you will be able to build up the confidence to go back to the events of your childhood that caused the trauma.

Once you can ‘time travel’ back to an incident (whether recent or the childhood trauma itself), you need to immerse yourself in the events that occurred on that day. Make it a full sensory experience. There will sounds, scents, and tastes that you remember which will come to the fore while you are immersing yourself in the event.

Try to remember as many details from the event as you can. The smallest detail could be the key to your healing, so don’t disregard anything. Keep a journal handy so that after a session you can write down everything you have remembered. Your memories of one event may vary when you recall it multiple times. Record what you have remembered each time. The actual events will untangle themselves from your memory as time goes on.

Don’t be discouraged if you feel that you’re not making progress. The minute you feel that you aren’t concentrating, or you can’t recall something that you feel is important, don’t punish yourself by trying to carry on at that moment. Take a break. Reorganize your thinking, calm yourself, and try again.