Overcoming PTSD in Marriage: Rebuilding Trust, Communication, and Connection By Amethyst Roberson, LPC
By Lisa Savage | Jun 17, 2023
Marriage is a sacred bond built on love, trust, and shared experiences. However, when
one or both partners in a marriage are affected by post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD), it can significantly impact the relationship. PTSD can arise from traumatic
experiences, such as military combat, accidents, abuse, or witnessing violence.
Marriage can be tested when one or both partners experience post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD). The impact of trauma on a relationship can be significant, causing
emotional distance, mistrust, and communication breakdown. However, with the right
insights, practical goals, and new skills, couples can overcome PTSD in their marriage
and rebuild trust, communication, and connection.
In this blog, we will explore helpful techniques and provide an insightful perspective,
raise awareness, set practical goals, and guide readers in progressing and
implementing new skills that lead to transformation and flourishing in their marriage.
Insightful Perspective: Understanding the Complexity of PTSD in Marriage
PTSD brings unique challenges to marriage, affecting both the individual experiencing it
and their partner. It is essential to approach the situation with empathy, understanding,
and a willingness to learn. An insightful perspective recognizes that PTSD is a valid
condition requiring support and healing. It acknowledges that the symptoms of PTSD,
such as flashbacks, hypervigilance, emotional numbness, and avoidance, can strain the
relationship. To effectively overcome PTSD in a marriage, it is crucial to gain a
perspective on the complexity of this condition and its impact on both partners. PTSD
can create a range of symptoms, leading to strained communication, emotional
disconnection, and challenges in rebuilding trust. Understanding the multifaceted nature
of PTSD allows couples to approach their healing journey with empathy, patience, and a
willingness to learn and grow.
Raising Awareness: Recognizing the Signs and Seeking Support
Raising awareness about the signs of PTSD in marriage is crucial in initiating the
healing process. It is essential for both partners to recognize the symptoms of PTSD, including changes in behavior, mood swings, and difficulties in managing emotions.
Increasing awareness allows couples to foster understanding and create a safe space
for open communication. A professional support system, such as therapy or counseling,
is also crucial in providing the necessary guidance and tools for recovery.
Practical Goals: Rebuilding Trust, Communication, and Connection
Setting practical goals is essential for couples seeking to overcome PTSD in their
marriage. Rebuilding trust is vital, as trauma can significantly impact the ability to trust
and feel safe within the relationship. Couples can work towards this goal by consistently
demonstrating reliability, honesty, and transparency. Improving communication is
another crucial goal, as trauma can create barriers to effective dialogue. Practicing
active listening, expressing emotions, and seeking couples therapy can help restore
healthy communication patterns. Lastly, fostering connection is vital for rebuilding
intimacy and strengthening the emotional bond. Engaging in activities, nurturing shared
interests, and showing love and affection can help reestablish connection and reinforce
the marital foundation.
Progress and Implementation: Learning New Skills and Seeking Healing
As couples progress in their journey of overcoming PTSD, it is essential to implement
new skills and seek healing. Learning coping mechanisms and stress management
techniques can help both partners navigate triggers and regulate emotions. Seeking
individual therapy for a partner with PTSD can provide them a safe space to process
their trauma and develop healthy coping strategies. Getting help from couples therapy
can help address relationship issues. Dynamics, improving communication, and
facilitating healing as a unit.
Transformation and Flourishing: Cultivating a Resilient and Thriving Marriage
The ultimate goal of overcoming PTSD in marriage is cultivating transformation and
flourishing. By working together, couples can navigate the challenges of PTSD and
create a stronger, more resilient bond. This transformation involves developing a deeper
understanding of each other’s experiences, practicing forgiveness and empathy, and
celebrating small victories. It is essential to remember that healing takes time, and
setbacks may occur. However, with commitment, patience, and professional support,
couples can create a marriage that thrives despite the challenges of PTSD.
Overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder in marriage is a journey that requires
dedication, empathy, and a willingness to learn and grow together. By utilizing these
techniques, couples can gain an insightful perspective, set practical goals, and progress
toward rebuilding trust, communication, and connection. Let us encourage couples
facing PTSD to seek professional help, embrace new skills, and nurture a resilient and
thriving marriage where healing and transformation are possible.
About The Author
A R Therapy & Consulting LLC is owned by Amethyst Roberson, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Care Ready Life Coach. With her extensive experience in therapy, Amethyst is dedicated to providing quality service to her community.
Amethyst has a proven track record of success in providing therapy services to individuals, couples,and families. She specializes in working with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and trauma. Her contribution to any organization is invaluable, as she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that can help improve the support and assistance we provide to those we serve. In addition, Amethyst's leadership skills and passion for serving others make her an asset to any team.