The Impact of Trauma on Intimate Relationships

The Impact of Trauma on Intimate Relationships


Our society has really dropped the ball when it comes to trauma. Collectively, we don’t seem to understand the lasting impacts that trauma has on the individual. In this talk, I will share just how far trauma impacts the person affected. I will discuss what happens in relationships, what happens for a person’s sex life, and how couples struggle to talk about and support each other through trauma. I will also include information on how our culture addresses trauma to explain this impact on couples. Finally, I will offer some ideas for how we as clinicians can improve the situation and create a better future.


  1. Identify trauma statistics including prevalence, treatment outcomes, etc.
  2. Explore the long-lasting impacts of trauma and how these show up in relationships-include a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach
  3. Offer helpful treatment strategies for clinicians and clients
  4. Discuss hopes for a better future approach to trauma as a culture

Angela Skurtu, LMFT is a speaker, author, Licensed Marriage Therapist in Missouri and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist.  She has been in private practice for six years.  She researched and wrote two books, Premarital Counseling – A guide for Clinicians and Helping Couples Overcome Infidelity. She is also the host of, a podcast that offers free sexual and relationship health information.


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