Understanding Trauma and the Cycle of Growth

Mary Jo Barrett on Discovering How Clients Learn

People experience and respond to trauma in any number of ways, so the first step to determining how to best help clients work through their trauma is to understand their growth cycle.

After many years of working with traumatized clients, Mary Jo Barrett has figured out the essential steps to offering effective trauma treatment.

Watch the clip to hear Mary Jo talk about the first stage of trauma treatment, where she teaches clients about the natural cycle of growth in order to discover how they prefer to learn and change.




Rich Simon

Richard Simon, PhD, founded Psychotherapy Networker and served as the editor for more than 40 years. He received every major magazine industry honor, including the National Magazine Award. Rich passed away November 2020, and we honor his memory and contributions to the field every day.

Mary Jo Barrett

Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, is the founder and director of Contextual Change and coauthor of Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change and The Systemic Treatment of Incest.