We Are Survivors 

This blog is dedicated to the tens of millions of adult survivors of child abuse and neglect who get up every day and try to work and function in a world that seems to not care about us.

Therapy Issues For Survivors – Part 2

This is the second part in a series of discussing effective treatment for adult survivors of child abuse and neglect. This three-stage approach has been shown to be very helpful when working with clients diagnosed with depression, PTSD, and DID.

Stage 2:  Working Through the Trauma

This is the crux of the entire therapy. In involves a paced, methodical approach which allows the client to express his/her intense traumatic emotions in a way that is safe, manageable, and not overwhelming.

The actual trauma work is a monumental piece of work that requires a controlled and gradual approach. As my therapist always said, “One bite at a time.”

The goals are to process, desensitize, resolve, and integrate the client’s traumatic memories and reduce and/or eliminate the symptoms of his/her multiple diagnoses – thus finally allowing him/her to gain control of his/her mind.

This piece of work involves the therapist and client working together to:

  • Correct the client’s cognitive distortions,
  • Experience and resolve abandonment and betrayal issues caused by the disruption of his/her attachment and dependency development,
  • Grieve his/her losses, and
  • Develop his/her unique identity.

 

 

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Therapy Issues For Survivors – Part 1
Therapy Issues For Survivors – Part 3
 

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