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"Survivor To Thriver": Healing The Impact Of Childhood Abuse

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Healing the impact of childhood abuse is a difficult yet hopeful process.
If you were physically or sexually abused as a child, you may often feel
fragmented, confused, vulnerable, and somewhat chaotic inside. You may
have difficulty with trust and intimacy in your relationships, and your
emotions may seem unpredictable and volatile to you. You may also have a
generalized feeling that you are somehow "bad" or unworthy, and
therefore, not like yourself very much. You may also ...


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survivor, thriver, abuse, sexual, childhood


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Healing the impact of childhood abuse is a difficult yet hopeful process.
If you were physically or sexually abused as a child, you may often feel
fragmented, confused, vulnerable, and somewhat chaotic inside. You may
have difficulty with trust and intimacy in your relationships, and your
emotions may seem unpredictable and volatile to you. You may also have a
generalized feeling that you are somehow "bad" or unworthy, and
therefore, not like yourself very much. You may also feel guilty, as
though you caused the abuse. All of these experiences are common and make
sense in light of your childhood experience. There IS hope! An integrated
and intentional approach in therapy can lead to healing in these areas of
your life. This healing involves reconnecting with parts of yourself that
seem disconnected and alienated, reclaiming your life by learning to be
in charge of your behavior and make good choices, and transforming your
relationship to self and others. It may be helpful to think of the
healing process as taking place in three primary stages: 1) getting
started; 2) reconnecting with yourself; and 3) moving on.

Getting Started is primarily focused on helping you understand what you
are experiencing, what you can expect from therapy, and how you can help
yourself through the process. In this stage, understanding is
empowerment. During this time you learn new ways of thinking about the
abuse and its effects. You develop skills and strategies for handling
flashbacks, emotional intensity and boundary issues. Perhaps most
importantly, you develop emotional self-care skills that will enable you
to nurture, comfort, and calm yourself as you move through your healing
journey. These skills can help you feel safer with the emotions that may
seem overwhelming now.

Reconnecting With Yourself is the heart of the healing process, and takes
commitment, courage, and a desire for wholeness. During this time you
learn to identify the ways you have protected yourself that are no longer
helpful to you. As you gradually replace these defenses with healthier
coping skills you are freer to be in touch with what is inside you. You
learn to experience a broader range of feelings, accurately name them,
and make choices about expressing them. During this time your
relationship with your body is also very significant. The way the abuse
has affected your feelings about your body, and your body's need for
healing are part of the healing process. At this point Trauma Touch
Therapy (TM) can be integrated into your journey and provide another
avenue for healing. Your relationship with yourself changes as you are
able to have compassion for yourself, grieve your losses, and honor the
truth of your experience. The fragmentation you developed as a way of
staying safe becomes less necessary and you can begin developing a more
cohesive sense of yourself as an adult. While this is a difficult time in
the process, it is also one that is full of meaning, transformation and
hope.

Moving On occurs as you are increasingly able to integrate your new
awareness and experience of yourself on every level. How you think about
yourself and the abuse is changing. Now you are open to new ways of
viewing the world, others and yourself. Your new skills and ability to
manage your feelings and maintain healthy boundaries bring with it the
possibility for meaningful relationships. Perhaps most importantly, you
may become less likely to identify yourself in terms of the abuse, as you
move from being a survivor to being a thriver. You may experience
increasing levels of energy to give to those things in the "here and now"
that are important to you, as less of your energy is given to protecting
yourself from the impact of the abuse.

As a survivor, you learned to use your "smarts" and ingenuity to get
through an overwhelmingly painful experience. As a thriver, these
internal resources that served you so well are transformed into strengths
for living fully in the present.

				
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