Journey Through the Layers of Healing

I love this diagram explaining the layers of healing. My knowledge of the healing process was almost non-existent when my journey began. Just getting to the first layer, Naming Abuse, was a marathon in itself.

I naively believed that removing myself and my children from the abusive situation with the narcissist and finding safety would fix everything. In reality, we were all in the beginning stages of healing, and all of us are in different layers now. I am happy to say we all understand and can name the abuse we endured. We are all safe now and have resources to help us continue our healing journey on our unique paths.

The final six layers are very personal to each of us. A handbook, instruction manual, and a map would have been beneficial in the beginning. We are here to support each other no matter how damaged we may still be. The collective knowledge we have of shared traumatic experiences with the narcissist, and our need for healing is invaluable as the journey continues.
“Let Your Light Shine” Developed by Alexandra House 2014 Adapted from the Healing from Abuse Wheel by Kate Cavet

Author: Undeniably Sara

Abuse is an unfortunate reality in this world and is more than physical assault. The invisible trauma we suffer can result in chronic illness, which is a relentless beast gnawing away at the soundness of mind. Education and support from others are vital in the healing journey.

31 thoughts on “Journey Through the Layers of Healing”

  1. Thanks for sharing this. Something visual I can finally offer to the family members who just don’t understand why an adopted child would still be suffering when they are “so lucky to have [us]”

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  2. I like this diagram. It could be valuable to work through for healing in all aspects of abuse, whether physical or mental or both, and in all kinds of relationships.

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  3. I’d not seen the layers of healing graphic before. It’s so helpful. I thought I knew a lot about healing after getting my NP license. HAH! Western medicine treats symptoms–which sometimes is what is needed–but too often we prescribe drugs that don’t heal, just cover up, symptoms. Best wishes to you on your journey!

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    1. Oooo, I love the imagery you worded there. My partner and I talk a lot about onions, so REALLY love the way you worded that. Especially since I personally believe that fire is cleansing and redeeming.

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    1. I went thru an eight year health crisis of fibromyalgia and chronic migraines with depression and chronic fatigue as a result of being mentally and emotionally abused by my ex. This is not fun. It has taken me a while to bounce back from all the pain, but I’m functioning at full speed again after my team of doctors said I would always be in pain. Not so!
      I will say prayers for you and your family. Nice job on the blog!

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