Please permit me to opine. But first, as always, a reminder to you, the reader, that I am not a professional therapist. I am not in a ‘caregiving’ profession. My opinions are just that – MINE. They are opinions based on, among other things, the research/studying of scholarly articles/books on the topic; talking with women (primarily) and men across the country who are suffering from trauma related issues and my own successful 9 day, outpatient treatment for CPTSD.
This is the title of an article that caught my attention this morning (click to read entire article):
In my opinion ‘exposure therapy’ is a treatment modality used by therapists when they can find no other treatment that reduces symptoms of trauma/PTSD successfully. I’m pretty sure that “forcing” or “making” someone with PTSD dissociate, which would most assuredly happen if the trauma story were forcibly repeated out loud over and over again until symptoms significantly diminished, is NOT the way to successfully process PTSD long-term.
I don’t think that I could have been anymore disconnected from myself. I didn’t need one more person in a position of power, in this case a therapist, to ‘force’ me or ‘make’ me do anything – especially if it meant rubbing my face in my trauma.
Anything less than integration was only going to be a temporary fix. I know that I needed to learn to process the trauma.
So I did.
There is much more to learn and process, but I learned how to integrate the parts of myself that had been shattered into pieces throughout my life. This process has allowed me to live my life virtually free of the myriad of mess that faking my way through trauma had gotten me.
Please read the article then please share your thoughts. Have you or someone you known gone through ‘exposure therapy’? Was it/was it not successful in relieving symptoms of PTSD?