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As a Trauma Survivor; Shall I Take the Challenge and Relocate?

23 October, 2022
Q I have been exposed to chronic childhood trauma. I am now of marriage age. A suitable bachelor is located out-of-state and is a couple hrs distance from my community.

I am having difficulty relocating away from my support system. The concerns are being abandoned, adjusting to a new environment, and not meeting expectations of my future husband/in-laws while still healing from my past. Wanted to ask, is this an overreaction? Should trauma survivors take the challenge and relocate?


Having a good support system, whether professional or not, is very important if you are healing from trauma

Relocating may not feel like a dramatic change if you prepare properly. How?

By moving, you won’t give up on healing; you will just create a new support system around you. 

Visit your future place and get familiar with it before you move there. Plan how you will continue activities that you enjoy and that provide you with peace of mind. 

Ask your current therapist for a referral, and look around to find a group where you can join in the new place.

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About Aisha Mohammad
Aisha has a PhD in psychology, an MS in public health and a PsyD. Aisha worked as a Counselor/Psychologist for 12 years at Geneva B. Scruggs Community Health Care Center in New York. She has worked with clients with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, panic disorder, trauma, and OCD. She also facilitated support groups and provided specialized services for victims of domestic violence, HIV positive individuals, as well youth/teen issues. Aisha is certified in Mindfulness, Trauma Informed Care, Behavioral Management, Restorative Justice/ Healing Circles, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, and Confidentiality & Security. Aisha is also a Certified Life Coach, and Relationship Workshop facilitator. Aisha has a part-time Life Coaching practice in which she integrates the educational concepts of stress reduction, mindfulness, introspection, empowerment, self love and acceptance and spirituality to create a holistic healing journey for clients. Aisha is also a part of several organizations that advocates for prisoner rights/reentry, social & food justice, as well as advocating for an end to oppression & racism. In her spare time, Aisha enjoys her family, photography, nature, martial arts classes, Islamic studies, volunteering/charity work, as well as working on her book and spoken word projects.