I had my second session of psychotherapy today. It’s very draining and emotional dealing with traumatic events of the past but I know ultimately it will benefit me moving forward.
H’s explanation of what we are looking to achieve in the sessions made perfect sense to me. I’m very analytical and love a good metaphor or analogy. He says what has basically happened is I have experiences several traumatic events and as I haven’t ever had the opportunity to fully deal with them they’re just a jumbled bunch of boxes thrown into a cupboard in any order. It’s time to take each box out one by one and sort them.
Next session I start reliving therapy. It’s described as : “The client is asked to recount the trauma in detail. A recording is made and the client is asked to listen to the recording on a daily basis. This approach draws on a behavioural rationale of exposing the person to the trauma, until they habituate to the threat and the fear reduces. It is primarily based on a behavioural exposure and habituation rationale. However, it is time consuming and peri-traumatic appraisals are often associated with emotions other than fear including shame, embarrassment, horror, sadness, anger etc. These emotions are less likely to respond to an habituation approach. “
As if that wasn’t inviting enough I was told that I should be met after my session by someone I like spending time with. So I’m prepared now for some rough sessions. I’m exhausted from today’s but I know it’s all part of this healing process.
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