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Dr. Heather Davediuk Gingrich is a counselor, scholar, teacher, and former missionary. She is a professor of counseling at Denver Seminary, and maintains a small private practice working with complex trauma survivors. Dr. Gingrich wrote the book Restoring the Shattered Self, as a counselor’s guide for complex trauma. She has been married to her husband, Fred, for over 30 years, and has two young adult sons.

“We are more aware of negative things that trigger our partner and more open to seeing from each other’s point of view. We learned how to listen to each other, relate to how the other is feeling, and understand what they are trying to communicate.”

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In this episode, Dr. Heather Davediuk Gingrich—counselor and author of Restoring the Shattered Self—discusses the different types of trauma and the struggles caregivers face when trying to help trauma survivors. Trauma can be characterized by many different variables, including severity, length, and the age of the survivor. For those who experience trauma for the first time as an adult, the healing process can be relatively quick. Those who experienced one-time or recurring trauma as a child, however, are faced with an intense and complex road to healing.

Dr. Gingrich describes three phases of treatment for a trauma survivor: (1) safety and symptom stabilization, (2) trauma processing, and (3) consolidation and resolution. Each phase is vitally important in the overall journey towards healing. Also, many spouses of trauma survivors struggle to restore intimacy to their marriages. Dr. Gingrich offers sound and practical advice on how to navigate the complex and often frustrating topic.

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