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Betrayal Trauma Psychotherapy 

Betrayal trauma occurs when the people or institutions on which a person depends for survival significantly violate that person's trust or well-being.

Childhood physical, emotional, or sexual abuse perpetrated by a caregiver are examples of betrayal trauma. Betrayal trauma also exists for adults who have experienced betrayal in the form of infidelity, especially when a partner has porn and/or sex addiction.

Similarities exist between betrayal trauma and fear-based trauma with the physiological (body) responses being the same.

However, there are two main differences. In betrayal trauma, the very person one would go to for protection, safety, and love is the perpetrator of the trauma. Secondly, recidivism or repetition is very high in that the betrayal can repeatedly occur from the same perpetrator and other people within the survivor's circle


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