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Forgiveness: How To Work Towards Healing

Forgiveness can be a difficult and challenging process, especially when someone has broken our trust. When trust is broken, it can cause feelings of betrayal, anger, and hurt, and it can be difficult to let go of those emotions. However, forgiveness is an important part of healing and moving forward.

Here are a few steps that can help with the process of forgiving someone who broke our trust:

  1. Acknowledge your feelings: It’s important to acknowledge and accept the emotions you are feeling. This means taking the time to understand why you feel the way you do, and to process your emotions in a healthy way.
  2. Communicate your feelings: Share your feelings with the person who broke your trust. This means being honest and open about how you feel, and explaining how their actions have affected you. This step can help the person understand the impact of their actions and the reason why forgiveness is needed.
  3. Understand the reasons behind the betrayal: Try to understand the reasons that led the person to betray your trust. Remember that people make mistakes and have their own reasons for their actions. Understanding their reasons, doesn’t justify the betrayal but can help in the process of forgiveness.
  4. Practice self-compassion: Forgiveness is not just about the other person; it’s also about yourself. Be kind and understanding towards yourself during this process. Remember that everyone makes mistakes and that you are not alone in feeling hurt.
  5. Take time to heal: Give yourself time to heal and don’t rush into forgiveness. It’s important to take the time you need to process your emotions and to heal.
  6. Decide if you want to move forward: Consider if you want to continue the relationship and if the person is willing to change and earn your trust back. If you decide to move forward, be clear about what needs to happen for your trust to be earned back.

It’s important to remember that forgiveness is a personal process, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Everyone heals in their own time and in their own way. Also, forgiveness doesn’t mean forgetting, forgetting the betrayal, and it doesn’t mean that you have to trust the person again. Forgiveness means letting go of resentment and anger towards the person who broke your trust, and it allows you to move forward in a healthier way.

If you would like to learn more about how to work through forgiveness and work alongside a registered professional feel free to start off by booking a free 20-min phone consult with one of the therapists on our team, by clicking the buttons below.

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