After discovery, women suffering from betrayal trauma may experience triggers. Triggers are generally described as reminders associated with their partner’s sexual acting out and emotional abuse, or other relationally abusive behaviors.

Betrayal Trauma Affects a Woman’s Body and Mind

When a woman experiences a betrayal trauma trigger, her body and mind are affected.

Physical symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Disorientation
  • Headaches and other physical pains/discomforts
  • Pelvic pain
  • Body temperature fluctuation
  • Loss of appetite or increased appetite

Emotional and mental symptoms may include:

  • Numbness
  • Rage
  • Mood swings
  • Increased crying or an inabilitiy to cry
  • Panic and/or anxiety attacks

Triggers May Be A Warning

In traditional therapy models, triggers are often spoken of in a negative light. At BTR, we believe in a woman’s intuition. When a victim of betrayal trauma is feeling triggered, she may want to explore that feeling with a supportive and knowledgable professional. Understanding why she is feeling triggered may help her to create deeper levels of safety for herself and her children.

Though some triggers may be residual reminders of trauma, it is important that women see triggers as a powerful safety mechanism within themselves. Women’s bodies and brains want safety and will use triggers to remind women to stay away from unsafe situations that remind them of previous traumas.

BTR coaches can help victims navigate through understanding and appreciating triggers, while leaning toward and embracing the healing that comes from safety. Join the Betrayal Trauma Recovery Group today and receive support.

Safety, Self-Care, and Support

When women suffer from betrayal trauma and experience associated triggers, there are three basic steps that they can take to begin the journey to healing and empowerment.


BTR believes in Safety First. When courageous women set boundaries and separate themselves from abusive behaviors, they begin an incredible journey toward healing and wholeness.


Victims of betrayal trauma and emotional abuse are often neglected and covertly or overtly forced into ignoring their own most basic needs by their abuser. At BTR, we support women in learning to love themselves and learn the tools for appropriate self-care.


No victim should have to walk the road of healing alone. Support is essential to every woman suffering from betrayal trauma at the hands of an emotional abuser and/or sex addict. Women deserve support and validation.

Betrayal Trauma Recovery Offers Safety and Support

Betrayal Trauma Recovery Support Group offers community, validation, and support to women all over the world. Join today.

Remember, you are not alone.

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