Trauma affects people in different ways and is intensely personal. Coping with trauma isn’t about ‘getting over’ it. It’s about healing or moving forward with it.
PTG is when you go experience inner personal growth as a result of trauma. It’s a difficult process that takes time and effort. Counselling can help people integrate trauma into their personal story.
Different parts of your brain can process trauma differently or not at all. For example, some people might be able to intellectually talk about their experience, but feel emotionally disconnected from it (right brain disconnect). Or, they might feel so emotionally distressed they can’t even think about/process it (left brain disconnect).
Processing and integrating trauma is about having a safe place and support to make emotional sense of what happened and share your story, so you can start to heal.