Dr. Don St. John is a psychotherapist and author who focuses on helping people heal from childhood wounds and toxic stress. He has pioneered a way to think about human wholeness using four dimensions.
Four Pillars of Healing Trauma
Dr. St. John outlines four key components for healing trauma:
Trauma lives in the body, so we must address the physical along with the mental and emotional. Activities like yoga, meditation, and somatic therapies can help reconnect us to our bodies.
Psychological and Emotional Growth
We must uncover and challenge the core beliefs that were created by the trauma. This involves a willingness to take emotional risks again and re-learn how to be in a relationship.
Relationships are where much wounding occurs, but also where the most healing can happen. We need support and safe relationships to practice vulnerability.
Connecting to something larger than ourselves helps us get the ego out of the way. Reflecting our “higher self” facilitates healing.
- Trauma affects the whole being – body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Holistic healing is required.
- Uncover and challenge negative core beliefs created by the trauma.
- Relationships are risky but essential. Practice vulnerability with support.
- Connect to your highest self by linking to something larger than your ego.
- Use the pain as a catalyst for growth and choose healing daily.