Compassion Trauma Circle

Compassion Trauma Circle
Similar to the circle seen in our short film Step Inside the Circle, CPP runs Zoom community circles with people dialing in from all over the world.

These Circles explore Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and raise awareness of the prevalence of ACEs throughout society. We’ve found that sharing, addressing and examining the impacts of childhood trauma through open dialogue creates a tremendous opening for healing to begin. We also incorporate therapeutic modalities during circles that can be used at any time.

Woman with microphone standing in middle of circle of 235 incarcerated men

We are not alone... and the circles are a testament to the power of community.

People in Zoom meeting on computer screen with raised hands

We have also run Compassion Trauma Circles in prisons and transitional housing centers with great success. Register for one of our upcoming Compassion Trauma Circles here.

What People Are Saying...

While i understood i had challenges, ive spent my whole life focussing on moving forward, so it was a shock and also a gift to pause and truthfully acknowledge the richness that i have lived.

Circle Participant

I appreciated how organic the activities were (I liked finding the common as a fun yet deep metaphor for the foundation of this work on compassion…we are the same underneath…) and the deep listening and attunement of the facilitators (creating a psychologically safe environment). I appreciated that the activities normalized ACEs by having us all put them in the chat (that helps so much with shame resilience) and the sprinkles of neuroscience along the way to build our emotional literacy…I loved listening and bearing witness to the each person in the circle and holding each other in community…how you can fall in love with people even if they don’t say anything! it was beautiful!

Circle Participant

It was a new experience for me, reaching for greater understanding of my, and others’ trauma. So important.

Circle Participant

I found the CTC very moving. I was warmed by everyone’s openness and care for others and the amount of resilience and perseverance in the room.

Circle Participant

What you do is giving love and letting it circulate and heal, helping the installed hard feelings (shame, resentments, pain, angriness etc…) little by little to fade away. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING INITIATED THE CIRCLES.

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Validating.

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The depth of my hypervigilence and how it is a product of early childhood trauma – my need for constant approval and feeling like an alien isn’t because I’m fatally flawed (which I know cognitively) but is a real, data based symptom from ACEs I experienced.

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I was able to see how much space I am able to hold for others when I let myself heal.

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I learned that I do indeed have a few ACE’s, and that I need to seek more healing just as much as anyone else, even though many of my ACE’s are “unseen” or invisible.

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I was able to separate my mother’s trauma from her as a person which I have NEVER been able to do. Seeing other women and mother’s struggling with feeling like they were a bad parent due to their trauma helped me see my mother as a human being as well.

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Very meaningful, felt very connected with other people, in sharing my own trauma, and supporting, by my presence, others.

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Trauma is generational. My mother and father both have scores of 9 (from what i know of) so i can clearly see evidence of healing as im an 8. It gives me much hope for my children.

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I learned about the extent of trauma symptoms and how they can come out in ways you wouldn’t think about for trauma.

Circle Participant

So enlightening, helped me feel less alone.

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I learned that one can experience trauma when there was no intention on the part of the person to inflict trauma.

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I especially liked the pace of the different elements. There were pauses to allow for processing.

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A vibrating share of humanity and vulnerability, a nourishing feeling of unity and respect, a meeting of healing souls.

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No trauma is too small to have long lasting affects.

Circle Participant

Loved the embodied meditations and guidance. Understanding the science of trauma was very revealing and insightful, the Neck down embodied work has been crucial for me on my healing path. I could not have defrosted to this point without learning how to safely inhabit my body.

Circle Participant

It was wonderful… really healing and helpful.

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Insightful, safe, supported, revealing, encouraging

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I thought I had zero ACEs but learned I suffered emotional neglect from my parents due to them being too busy or wrapped up in their own emotions.

Circle Participant

The morning after the circle I contacted a friend I have sadly fallen out with. Up until then I had felt fearful of reaching out in case she rejected me. After the circle I felt I was an okay person, and however she responded I am still okay. This was a big shift for me. Thank you

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Houston, TX

It was great. Simple yet powerful. I’m very grateful!

Circle Participant

It was really nurturing and a beautiful way to spend 4 hours.

Circle Participant

I like that the circle is built in phases. Fantastic ice breaker, I loved it !!! It allows to share laughs and feel comfortable before entering in the next phase. Doing the quiz together by just raising the hand helps to dare showing vulnerability. The third phase, even sometimes strongly emotional allows people to share their feelings and to feel heard, supported and grateful, great !!!

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I was familiar with ACEs before but learned about them more in depth in the circle. It was helpful to clarify emotional neglect as an ACE.

Circle Participant

Wonderful, it was an amazing, enriching, and fulfilling experience and I felt so honored to be in a space with you and so many amazing people.

Circle Participant

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