This is the third of a series in discussing effective treatment for adult survivors of child abuse and neglect who are diagnosed with depression, PTSD, and DID. Therapy is very complex.
This discussion has provided an outline of a staged approach which has proven to be very beneficial. Obviously, there are many issues to work on, but for those survivors who have not entered therapy, or those in therapy, and would like a better understanding of the process, I hope this information is helpful.
Stage 3: Reentry
After the trauma material has been worked through, there needs to be increased focus on self-care, safety, and boundary management. Successful termination is best achieved if it is a gradual and life-affirming process.
This final stage of treatment involves the client continuing to emerge and him/her entering into a normal, fulfilling life.
For me, personally, I was no longer willing to pay the price of sacrificing myself for outside gain. A major change in my thinking that evolved was that I had decided to take back all of those pieces of myself that had been ripped away. They were mine and no one else’s.
Termination with my therapist took time because it was a major adjustment, but I am glad we did it slowly as it helped transitioning into my new life