MedCircle Original Series

How to Support a Trauma Survivor

Everyone responds to trauma differently, but there are fundamental strategies you need to know to support them. Discover those strategies in this series.

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Series Overview

The Common Misconceptions of What Trauma Actually Is 12 Min

Dr. Ramani kicks off the series by defining what trauma actually is. She provides clear examples of trauma and what causes an event to be “traumatic” for someone. She also debunks the most common misconceptions surrounding the nature of trauma.

How to Spot the Mental & Emotional Responses to Trauma 20 Min

When trauma goes unaddressed, what can happen? Dr. Ramani answers that question in our second session. She walks through the cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and physical responses to trauma you need to know. Kyle even shares his own personal trauma and how it affected him.

How to Interact with Someone Right After a Traumatic Event 15 Min

The support a survivor receives right after a traumatic event is crucial to their wellbeing and recovery. So, in this session, Dr. Ramani shares the key best practices for interacting with someone who has just experienced trauma—and how to aid them in the best, most effective way possible.

Why Reactions to Trauma Vary from Person to Person 12 Min

Why can two people who go through similar traumatic events exhibit two entirely different responses? In this session, Dr. Ramani breaks down the factors that drive these differences in reactions to trauma. She also explains the most common mental health issues that result from unaddressed trauma, and who is most at risk for developing a mental health issue as a result of a traumatic experience.

How to Involve a Professional & Stay Involved Through Treatment 19 Min

In our final session, Dr. Ramani explains which elements of therapy and treatment make the biggest difference in improving the effects of trauma. This understanding shows you what to look for in your treatment options and therapy providers, and how to set a trauma survivor up for the best outcomes possible.


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About the Series

Trauma stays with its survivors. Those survivors may respond to it in a variety of different ways, but every single one feels its impacts.

As a supporter, responding to a victim’s reaction to trauma in the right, most sensitive way, is critical to their recovery and mental wellness.

Leading psychologist Dr. Ramani treats trauma in all its forms every day in her private practice.

In this series, she shows you how to support someone who’s experienced trauma, while still giving them the space to hold ownership of their own healing process.

Who is this series for?

This series is a must-have for anyone who is supporting a trauma survivor. Whether you’re a parent, friend, teacher, or health worker, this series provides crucial advice for interacting with a trauma survivor without re-traumatizing them.

"The series with Dr. Ramani (who I love) on Supporting a Trauma Survivor has helped me so much as a healthcare provider. Although I am not a mental health professional, the insight Dr. Ramani provided in the series has made me better able to communicate to my patients and give them the support they need."
- MedCircle

In this series, you’ll discover:

  • What people often mistake as “trauma” and what actually constitutes a traumatic event
  • The signs someone suffered a traumatic event that most people miss
  • Key strategies for interacting with someone who has just experienced a traumatic event
  • What causes someone to be more at risk of developing a mental health issue as a result of a traumatic experience
  • A step-by-step guide for aiding a trauma survivor through treatment and towards recovery
  • What growth after trauma—or “traumatic growth” looks and feels like

“I don’t want anyone out there who’s a trauma survivor saying, ‘I must not be resilient.’ To heck you’re not. You are resilient. You have been pushed beyond the normal bounds of human experience. None of us know how we’re going to react to trauma until we’re in it.”

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Ph.D.


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You can get free access to all 5 segments of this video series when you become a MedCircle Member. You’ll also get access to every video series from the MedCircle doctors.