How to Heal From Trauma With Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Kati Morton

Kati Morton

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Every Monday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, interviews experts, authors, entrepreneurs, athletes, musicians, and other inspirational people about the strategies that help them think, feel, and do their best in life.

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Meet Kati Morton

Kati Morton is a licensed marriage and family therapist who runs a private practice in Santa Monica, California.

She’s well known for her YouTube channel which has attracted more than 1 million subscribers who tune in to hear her mental health tips. 

She’s the author of two books. Her first book, "Are u ok? A Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health" was released in 2018 and her newest book is called "Traumatized: Identify, Understand and Cope With PTSD and Emotional Stress."

Why Kati Morton Is Mentally Strong

Kati is a therapist but she isn’t afraid to talk about some of her own challenges. She freely shares that she sees her own therapist and has worked on addressing her grief

She uses the knowledge she’s gained through her personal experiences, her research, and her work as a therapist to help others.

She shares a lot of her information for free on social media. And she creates free content that can help people who might not be able to afford treatment. 

What You’ll Hear on the Show

  • Why not everyone who goes through a traumatic experience becomes traumatized
  • What it means to have acute stress disorder
  • The signs and symptoms of PTSD
  • The difference between PTSD and C-PTSD
  • The types of events that are considered traumatizing
  • The difference between “Big T Trauma” and “Little T Trauma”
  • What happens when people don’t work to heal from past emotional wounds
  • Why two people might respond to the same traumatic experience in very different ways
  • How trauma can be passed down from one generation to the next
  • How childhood trauma impacts us
  • The strategies that can help you heal from past trauma
  • The types of therapy that can help
  • What to do if you can’t access therapy
  • How to help someone you suspect might have PTSD

What You’ll Learn About Mental Health and Mental Strength

Sometimes people assume that PTSD stems from weakness. But that’s not true. 

Anyone might become traumatized after a near-death experience, a natural disaster, or after witnessing a tragedy. 

While there are some things we can do to increase our resilience to trauma, there’s no guarantee that you won’t develop mental health problems. 

It takes mental strength, however, to recognize that you may have a problem and to seek support. But doing so could be the key to reducing your symptoms and helping you live your life to the fullest. 

Quotes From Kati

You can't go around it [trauma]. You can't go over it. You gotta go through it. And that's unfortunately the treatment when it comes to trauma work. But trust me when I tell you it will be worth it and you can move through it. 

"I lost my father when I was 24 and I've been in therapy forever and talked about that. Sure, grief is weird and it could pop back up, but I can talk about it in as much detail as you might request, and I'm not going to lose myself."

"Think of journaling as a way to kind of get that stuff out of your head so that you don't have to worry or think about it anymore."

"Social media has made us more vulnerable to being traumatized because we can share in experiences with people that we feel like we know, even though maybe you've never met them."

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By Amy Morin, LCSW
Amy Morin, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.