The Truth About
Mindfulness and Trauma

How to Mitigate Risks and Promote Healing for Trauma Survivors

A No-Charge, On-Demand Webinar

When it comes to trauma, mindfulness is a double-edged sword.




If you’re reading this, you likely know how powerful mindfulness can be.

You may have experienced the many benefits of practice such as increased mental clarity, enhanced emotional regulation, and a greater sense of self-awareness.

Because of this, you may be offering mindfulness practices to others—as a meditation or yoga teacher, for instance, or a therapist, coach, or religious or classroom teacher. Inspired by what mindfulness can offer, you’ve taken on the responsibility of guiding people through practices that can significantly improve the quality of their lives. 

But are you aware of the challenges people struggling with trauma can face when practicing mindfulness?

Unbeknownst to many, mindfulness practice can exacerbate trauma symptoms. By asking someone to pay close, sustained attention to their inner world, people struggling with trauma can experience flashbacks, dissociation, and even retraumatization. 

This means that as practitioners, we can unintentionally lead people into the heart of wounds that require more than mindful attention to heal.

Discover the Risks Mindfulness Practice Holds For Trauma Survivors So You Can Keep Your Students and Clients Safe

At the same time, mindfulness can be invaluable for trauma survivors. It can increase body awareness, one’s capacity for attention, and emotional regulation—all essential assets for trauma recovery. 

So what can you do? 

How can you help minimize the potential pitfalls of mindfulness practice for trauma survivors while leveraging its powerful benefits?

The answer lies in developing an understanding of the liabilities of practice and specific skills in working with trauma. 

These skills are intended to help people self-regulate, work effectively with their own trauma, and access the benefits of mindfulness practice. They include: 

  • Mindful embodiment practices to create safety and self-trust
  • Resourcing and resilience practices that support self-regulation
  • Self-compassion practices to heal trauma-related shame
  • Advanced modifications to body scan practices 

These skills are not substitutes for mindfulness, but supplements. Paired with mindfulness instruction, they can increase people’s ability to self-regulate and ultimately support their trauma recovery. 

So how can you ensure that traumatized students and clients are practicing safely and effectively under your care?

The first answer is awareness. The more you understand the reasons mindfulness is a double-edged sword for trauma survivors, the more effective you’ll be in your role. 

Given how important this awareness is, author and educator David Treleaven, PhD, has created The Truth About Mindfulness and Trauma—a no-charge, on-demand online event designed for mindfulness practitioners.

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This event is designed to support mindfulness practitioners like you to become aware of the inherent risks of practice for trauma survivors—and, even more importantly, to consider the importance of acquiring specific, supplemental practices to support trauma recovery. 

During this 60-minute event, David will reveal:

  • Common mistakes mindfulness practitioners make when offering practices 
  • How to identify “at risk” students and clients who are struggling with traumatic stress
  • The primary reason trauma survivors often require supplemental practices to support their trauma recovery
  • A foundational practice you and your students can adopt to continually assess safety and regulation

oin David has he illuminates the risks and rewards trauma survivors can experience in mindfulness practice so you’re prepared to identify trauma, respond skillfully, and guide people on a path towards healing.

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David Treleaven, PhD, is a writer and educator working at the intersection of mindfulness and trauma. He is the author of the acclaimed book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (W. W. Norton) and founder of the Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (TSM) Community—a group committed to setting a standard of care within mindfulness-based practices, interventions, and programs.

Through workshops, keynotes, podcasts, and online education, David focuses on offering mindfulness practitioners with the knowledge and tools they require to meet the needs of those struggling with trauma. He is passionate about connecting his audience with on-the-ground experts, and is closely engaged with current empirical research to inform best practices.



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