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Melissa Brunetti, Adoption/Trauma Informed
SMGI® Practitioner

Adoption/Childhood Trauma and
Primal Wound Help

Hope, Healing and Recovery from Adoption/Childhood Trauma with
Somatic Mindful Guided Imagery®
Through the courage to heal, the scars of childhood trauma can become the foundation for strength and transformation.
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Adoption/Childhood Trauma Healing

Are you looking for an adoption trauma informed practitioner?

If you are like me, I had no idea that my adoption trauma was my ‘why’ to a lot of the reasons of how I moved and reacted in my everyday world.

And even if you were not adopted, but experienced childhood trauma, I bet you can relate to a lot of the same feelings and emotions that I had.

Why I felt depressed and sad.

Why I held on to toxic and abusive relationships well past their due dates.

Why I felt different and set apart from everyone else.

Why I felt so lost, like I didn’t even know who I really was.  

The list goes on and on…

Who knew it stemmed from something I can’t even remember. A trauma that was preverbal. I was always told, “Well, you were a baby so there’s no way your adoption could be affecting you. You don't even remember it. Plus, you have great adoptive parents!”

Those words were supposed to magically erase everything 'adoption trauma' related apparently… and I drank the cool aid, like most adoptees do, and tried to believe it and move on. Until….

I started educating myself on adoption and childhood trauma.


When you are traumatized as a baby, there is no fight or flight. There is only freeze, surrender, and grief. We go into survival mode and our nervous system triggers the release of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, preparing our body for what's to come-a life without the safety of our birth mothers. When you are unable to process adoption trauma in a healthy way, it can and usually does get stored in the body. The body DOES keep the score! Unprocessed trauma can lead to mental, emotional and physical upset down the road if it’s not dealt with.  

On top of that, it is difficult to find anyone that understands and gives substance to what has happened to us. That being said, let me tell you this-your relinquishment trauma/primal wound/childhood trauma is real, and I validate your experience and your feelings surrounding it, and even though you may feel pretty defeated right now, know that hope and healing is possible.

The first steps are realizing it, having the desire to feel better and seeking help and that is what has lead you here. 

I believe everyone has a healing combination and if you are reading this right now, I believe Somatic Mindful Guided Imagery® may be part of your winning combination. I know for me SMGI® has brought tremendous healing and peace, especially with my adoption trauma. I never thought it was possible, and it happened much quicker and easier and cheaper than I imagined! 


Don't get me wrong, talk therapy is great, but it would have taken so much longer to achieve the results I got with SMGI® if I had used traditional therapy methods. It’s been amazing for me in my healing journey and continues to be a part of my ongoing reparative process today.

It's like the hair club for men… I may be the SMGI® guide, but I’m also a client! A very frequent flyer in fact!

If you have the desire to heal from adoption or childhood trauma I believe you have found the right healing modality.

Still curious if SMGI® is right for you? Book a free 15 minute consultation where you can ask questions, get a feel for the work and find out what is possible. I would love to tell you in more detail what this work has done for me and my clients, and what it is achievable for you. 

Although our stories might be different, we have all felt the same primal loss that resulted in our adoption or childhood trauma.

BUT... There is one thing I do want you to know.

You don’t need a hero to save you. The hero is already inside of you. I would be honored to be the one to help you every step of the way. To guide you and celebrate your wins on your journey to wholeness.

Melissa Brunetti

Adoption/Trauma Informed SMGI® Practitioner

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