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One of the most important things about PTSD recovery is finding the right person to work with. Mainly, that has to do with attitude and connection — on your part and the practitioner’s.
Over and over I hear from people that they feel worse and worse and worse in their therapy. Recently I interviewed Babette Rothschild, one of the leaders in trauma recovery and the author of 8 Keys To Safe Trauma Recovery.
I asked Babette point-blank: “How do you know if you’re on the right track in recovery?” Her answer: “If you see results and start feeling better.”
If you’re working with someone and not seeing results or feeling better, it might be because you need to find someone new who can infuse your recovery with new energy, who you trust more, feel more comfortable with and you just like as a person. I went through several therapists before I found one I could relate to — it’s ok to shop around!
The most important factor in the relationship you have with those who help you is their belief you will get better. One of my clients worked with a psychiatrist and a psychologist for five years while they told him, “PTSD cannot be healed; you just have to learn how to live with it.” Three medications and lots of heartache later he was suicidal. But not anymore: today he is off all medications and putting his life back together. What was one of the major turning points? I believed he could make progress and together we worked to figure out how.
There are many practitioners who believe PTSD can be healed. Some of my current favorites are my PROJECT GIVE BACK partners. Next Wednesday is the final day to sign up to win free counseling with four fantastic professionals (click here for more info). Today, I wanted to share with you their attitudes about recovery just so you can hear how positive an approach can be:
These sessions are designed to enable a breakthrough—an improvement beyond the desired result and expectations of a client—using techniques that find and resolve the deepest underlying causes of an issue. My specialty is working with identity issues—who you think you are—for example, esteem issues, dissatisfaction with self, inner conflict, believing one is defective in some way or undeserving, or dissatisfied with one’s behaviors or feelings. A client benefits by a transformation of their thought patterns and a resulting, well-deserved sense of personal well-being.
During your 60 minute session, we’ll talk about where you are and where you’d like to be in your life. We’ll talk about some practical ways to get there and devise a strategy to get you started!
My work always involves helping people contact areas of emotional pain in order to facilitate processing with the goal of leading to enhanced quality of life. It’s pretty simple, really. The pain I speak of can be of the kind we all experience in life at some point…loss of a relationship, the challenges of life transitions…or it can be that which can lead to prolonged psychological suffering, such as PTSD-related traumas…sexual assault, motor vehicle accidents, physical violence. I would be keen to meet with someone interested in exploring the effects of past or recent difficult events on functioning in all domains of life (emotional, mental, physical or spiritual).
Is life just beating you to a pulp? Okay, maybe it’s about psychopathology. However, other issues and stressors may be causing the problems. How ’bout this list?
If any of the above rang true, I can help.
What I like about these kinds of professional perspectives is that they are ACTION-ORIENTED. They aren’t saying, “Get used to it.” They are talking about change.
Just sitting around and talking about what happened to you will not free you. In the words of trauma specialist, Peter A. Levine: “Just talking won’t heal PTSD.” Indeed.
You have to do something. Sometimes, that means starting fresh with someone new who can infuse your recovery journey with intellectual understanding, plus physical actions that move you from the pain you’re in today toward the freedom you desire tomorrow. You can win a free session with any of these practitioners (or any of over 60 other raffle prizes to support your recovery process) by joining PROJECT GIVE BACK before May 31st.
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