Trauma Tree Worksheet

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What is the theory behind this Trauma Tree Worksheet?

Trauma is an intense emotional reaction to experiencing horrible events that threaten one’s psychological, emotional and mental well-being. Everyone responds differently to trauma with some experiencing short term symptoms while others continue to battle emotional issues for a much longer time. Trauma tree is a visual tool used in therapy to help clients highlight the root causes of their trauma and its impact and also acknowledge their efforts to overcome that trauma and its positive effects.  

How will the worksheet help? 

This worksheet can help clients use the image of a tree to identify and highlight the root causes of their traumatic symptoms and also what they have been doing to overcome their trauma and how it has been positively impacting their lives. This exercise can help clients  acknowledge their pain but also their journey towards seeking wellness. 

How to use the worksheet?

Instruct the client to write down situations or causes of their trauma on the roots on the left hand side and write how it has impacted them on the dying branches on the same side. For the right hand side roots they have to write their efforts towards wellness or things that have been helping them heal and write down how it is positively impacting their lives on the green leaves on the same side. 

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