Moving Past Betrayal as the Year Comes to a Close

Dr. Debi Silber
3 min readDec 30, 2022

Why does betrayal hurt so much? This was the person or these were the people who gave you a sense of safety and security. So, when this is the person or these are the people to shatter that very sense of safety and security it’s traumatizing. Out of the three discoveries made during my PhD study, this was the first discovery-betrayal IS a different type of trauma.


Because it feels so intentional, we take it so personally. The entire self gets shattered and needs to be rebuilt. Rejection, abandonment, worthiness…

Dr. Debi Silber

Dr. Debi Silber, founder of The PBT (Post Betrayal Transformation) Institute helps people heal from the trauma of betrayal.