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Heilkunst Timeline

Guide to Developing the Traumatic Timeline

As part of treatment, we ask that you complete a traumatic timeline. Place all shocks in a chronological order starting either from conception/birth, or from the present and working your way back in time. For example:

Timeline Example

  • 2002: fall requiring stitches, freezing
  • 2000: emotional – move to Ottawa – sadness, anxiety
  • 1997: vaccination for travel – Hep B, Yellow Fever (vaccine reaction, illness) etc.

The following types of events should be considered as possible shocks or traumas.


  • Pre-birth: any drugs, alcohol, smoking or severe illnesses in mother (particularly of a viral nature); also consider any emotional shocks to mother during pregnancy or in mother/father at time of conception (see section on emotional traumas below); ultrasound or other invasive testing.
  • Birth: Mother had difficult labour; forceps used; use of anaesthetics on mother; late breathing or other possible oxygen deprivation
  • Vaccinations: Dates, if possible of first vaccination of each kind received (can ignore booster shots)
  • Accidents: car accidents, falls, blows to head, concussions, broken bones, animal bites
  • Surgical interventions: e.g., tonsils, appendix, adenoids, dental, abdominal (including Caesarean sections), circumcision, vasectomy, hysterectomy
  • Drug Use: antibiotics, anti-depressants, recreational drugs etc.
  • Hormones: birth control pill, hormone replacement therapy, IVF, etc.
  • Severe Infections: e.g., Lyme disease, mononucleosis, Epstein-Barr, measles, chicken pox, mumps, TB, pneumonia, etc.
  • Electrical Shocks (including medical treatment)


  • Traumas involving loss, abandonment, grief, betrayal (e.g., death, loss of trust, relationship break-ups, loss of independence, job loss)
  • Traumas involving great fear/anxiety, stress
  • Traumas involving anger and indignation/humiliation (particularly where the emotion was suppressed/“swallowed”), guilt (mostly that someone tries to put on you)
  • Feelings of envy or jealousy, or guilt that you put on yourself, self-blame, shame
  • Traumas involving abuse, whether mental, emotional or sexual

NB: Some emotional traumas can involve a combination of emotions.