What is a Trauma-Informed Coach?

The Importance of Trauma-Informed Coaching: A New Paradigm for Personal Growth and Resilience

In this episode of Uncomplicating Weight Loss & Life, your host Eva Rodriguez, a certified life coach, health coach, weight loss coach and NLP practitioner, enlightens us about two distinct kinds of trauma: Big T and little t trauma. Big T refers to cataclysmic events that leave an individual feeling helpless, such as natural disasters or abuse. On the other hand, little t traumas are events like breakups or financial struggles that disrupt emotional well-being yet are often dismissed due to their seemingly minor nature. Recognizing these experiences is critical for emotional health.

The Power and Pitfalls of Seeking a Life Coach

Having a multitude of coaches for different life facets is something Eva believes in fervently. Coaches bring about seismic shifts in individuals’ lives; however, not all coaches are equipped to handle the complexity of trauma. Eva shares her distressing experience with a dating coach, who imposed strict timelines on her relationships and misinterpreted her intuition as a trauma response — a damaging and counterintuitive approach for someone who’s lived through trauma.

How to Identify a Trauma-Informed Coach

So, what is a trauma-informed coach, and how do they differ from therapists? Eva describes a trauma-informed coach as someone trained to recognize personal trauma’s impact on current behavior, using it constructively in coaching sessions. Unlike therapists who treat trauma, these coaches focus on the present, guiding clients toward resilience and self-empowerment.

The Critical Intersection of Coaching and Therapy

Eva brings to light the synergetic relationship between coaching and therapy, underscoring that often a blend of the two, alongside other methods like EMDR or life coaching, fosters the most profound transformations.

Moving Forward with Integrity and Support

The coaching industry may be unregulated, but that doesn’t mean we can’t seek coaches who maintain high ethical standards and have the necessary training to address trauma carefully and constructively. Eva urges all seeking coaching or therapy to inquire if the professional is trauma-informed, ensuring that they can find a safe, supportive space for growth without fear of re-traumatization


For anyone navigating the aftermath of trauma or looking for a transformative coaching experience, evaluating the credentials and ethos of a potential coach is not just advisable — it’s essential. Let Eva serve as your guidepost in the complex journey towards healing, resilience, and living a life unburdened by the past.

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