The Limits of Complex Trauma Treatment

Some things in life are not reparable

Rev. Sheri Heller, LCSW, RSW
Invisible Illness
Published in
8 min readJun 8, 2024

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“I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.” ~ C. G. Jung

Although we are certainly much more than the hardships we’ve endured, the scars we bear throughout life inform who we are, especially if those injuries were incurred throughout childhood. For complex trauma survivors, meaning those who experienced prolonged or repetitive traumatic events during critical developmental periods such as childhood, there are scars that will forever serve as reminders of wounds that cannot fully heal.

Hence, despite what founder of analytical psychology Carl Jung’s quote suggests about overcoming the profound and long-lasting effects of traumatic adversity, as a complex trauma survivor and clinician I’ve come to understand that the extent to which one can reverse the impact of complex trauma varies widely and is influenced by numerous factors.

Essentially what this means is that free will operates within constraints. We cannot entirely choose what we become. The complexity of human development and the interplay between individual agency and external determinants influence the trajectory…

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Rev. Sheri Heller, LCSW, RSW
Invisible Illness

Complex trauma clinician and writer. Survivor turned thriver, with a love for world travel, the arts and nature. I think outside the box. Sheritherapist.com