lindsay braman trauma avocado teaching model

 

Trauma and trauma recovery look different for everyone, but generally, there’s a deep hardened core and a bunch of squishy stuff, all held together by a peel juuuust thick enough to keep us composed unless something comes along to smash us.

A lot of times, we think the “pit” is in the past, and the “problem” is all the squishy green goop, but I believe so deeply that care for the green goop is only palliative: it provides some comfort but not healing. Do you have a safe place to plop out your pit? Working with the core (in the context of a therapist or provider who has shown they deserve your trust and helped you work up to it) is, I believe, the path to deep recovery.

Digital downloads of this strange little metaphor can be purchased below – or you can get a printed poster sized version for your home or office via this link. Let me know if you’d like to see it in any other formats!

lindsay braman trauma avocado teaching model

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Image Description for Accessibility:

[Description of image#1] on a light yellow background a headline reads:  trauma recovery (as illustrated by an avocado). The image shows a hand-drawn avocado on the left side of the image.

A line connects the peel of the hand-drawn avocado to text reading: Outer peel: what people on the outside see. (Often has some bumps but otherwise “fine”)

A line connects the soft inner portion of the hand-drawn avocado to text that reads: Squishy goo. Feelings. All the feelings + Mental health symptoms, somatic symptoms, triggers, dissociation, etc

A line connects the pit of the hand-drawn avocado to text that reads: The pit. Traumatic memories + beliefs about self or world that are based in trauma and shame.

[image description of second image] also on a light yellow background. Headline text also reads:  trauma recovery as illustrated by an avocado

A hand-drawn avocado is on the left side of the image. A line connects the outer skin of the hand-drawn avocado to text that reads: part you share with the outside world

A second line connects the soft inner portion of the hand-drawn avocado to text that reads: part you share with your support network (friends and family) for emotional support and

A third line connects the pit of the hand-drawn avocado to text that reads: part you share in a safe, therapeutic, environment for recovery

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