Thursday, 2 February 2017

Thrilled to have found a therapist who really 'gets it'

Feels like I was dumped here...
Today I spoke to a therapist who specialises in trauma treatment - usually EMDR (an acronym for ‘Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing’) - and especially complex trauma like Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD). Just talking to someone who so obviously 'gets it' was incredibly liberating and after several days of feeling as though I'd been thrown out of the vehicle that was taking me on my journey to recover and forced to stop off at the worst roadside motel in the world, I feel as if a limo has come to pick me up and take me onwards.

Here's what his website lists as typical symptoms of someone suffering from "a chronic or complex trauma":

  • Expriencing frequent disturbing dreams
  • Have significantly disturbed sleep
  • Be socially isolated
  • Be trying to 'medicate' or support themselves in whatever way they can
  • Be experiencing frequent 'reminders' of the event or people involved
  • Suffering from intrusive images and thoughts, which may be reliving the actual event or may be imaginary/invented
  • Be expecting 'it' to happen again at any moment
  • Be suffering with other, aparently unrelated and often inexplicable symptoms, such as pain, chronic fatigue, anger, depression etc.
  • May be suffering from other difficulties and conditions that must be dealt with alongside the PTSD.  
 I tick all of the boxes!!!!!!

Fingers crossed that, with his help, I will be able to start to get on with my life - and share with you what works.

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