People often ask what is different about trauma therapy vs. other types of therapy, such as insight therapy. My basic thoughts on this are that in trauma therapy we are constantly mindful of doing things opposite of the way trauma works. Here’s a little compare-contrast table I think of when talking with clients or consultees about what we want to keep in mind so that therapy effective and safe-enough (when working with healing edges there is always a degree of discomfort- otherwise we wouldn’t be doing what we need to do!). This is just a start, I’ll keep adding to it.
Trauma Trauma Therapy
too much too fast little bits- “the slower we go the faster we get there”
no choices no control taking time to decide what to address and how- the client has full say
power over/over-powered power sharing- each person has boundaries, rights and opinions of value
voiceless, wordless slowly placing words on feelings and bringing voice into memory
no preparation no warnings decide together what’s needed for the job and when will be safe to start
overriding danger signals honoring all parts inside that may feel mixed or scared about the work