book on psychotherapy (written for traumatized individuals, but illustrative to clinicians)
Amazing Stories of Gentle Psychotherapy
and Full Trauma Recovery
As a victim, you need to know that ...
|After a traumatic event, you may be forgetting
the most important thing: YOURSELF.
Ordinary people have extraordinary
reactions to extraordinary events,
which even happens
to people trained to face this type of situation.
1 out of 4 victims, a traumatic event may lead to
a psychological trauma,
|If you have some of
the following reactions for a period of one week to a month, you might need specialized
help, without delay.
help, you might be able to
resume a normal life.
|After a traumatic
event, it is tempting to ...
|Want to turn the page: Even if you have experienced
a traumatic event, you need to keep on with your life. Too often people simply want to
turn the page. But turning the page often means not fully living one's life.|
|Let time do its work: To tell yourself that
"time will erase everything" might be a mistake. Half of the time, a
psychological trauma left unattended leads to complications instead of disappearing.|
|Want to forget: Such events cannot usually be
forgotten. To recall a traumatic event can be painful; all victims agree on this. However,
by understanding its impact on yourself, you might be able to put it in the past where it
|Persist in hiding one's reactions: A traumatic event
might put an individual into a state of disequilibrium. It is often difficult, if not
sometimes impossible, to reestablish one's balance alone. Just as for a heart attack,
special care might be needed to function normally again.|
But for everyday a
trauma is ignored, its root grows deeper.
Contrary to popular belief, time might not be
your best ally. Studies have shown that traumatized individuals who
consult rapidly, get better sooner and have less complications.
So why wait?