Being Well Podcast: Complex PTSD and Developmental Trauma
August 31, 2020

What are the consequences of growing up inside an abusive family, and what can we do as adults to heal old wounds? Today we’re joined by Pete Walker, a practicing therapist and expert in Complex PTSD.

About Our Guest: Pete Walker is a licensed psychotherapist practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area, who specializes in helping adults who were traumatized in childhood. He’s the author of three books, including Complex PTSD : From Surviving To Thriving. It’s a practical, user-friendly self-help guide to recovering from the lingering effects of childhood trauma, and to achieving a rich and fulfilling life as an adult.


  • 3:00: What distinguishes CPTSD from PTSD?
  • 5:55: CPTSD as “developmental trauma disorder”
  • 8:55: Presence of the bad vs. absence of the good
  • 11:40: The importance of empathy
  • 13:35: “They’re crazy or I’m crazy,” and the consequences of that
  • 17:10: Healthy anger
  • 19:00: Becoming a support to yourself
  • 21:30: Stages of recovery
  • 25:00: Corrective emotional experiences
  • 27:30: The lifelong process of recovery
  • 32:10: Reparenting and the inner child
  • 34:45: Managing the relationship with our family of origin
  • 41:30: Forgiveness
  • 44:30: The inner critic and internalized abusers
  • 48:30: A message to your younger self

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