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Dissociated during trauma narrative - February 7th 2019, 10:48 PM

[SIZE="a"]I am doing Trauma Focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and today was the first time actually working through the first sexual abuse experience that I had in my life. I had to read and write out the narrative three times, with each time adding more details feelings, timeframe, and other things.
For homework, I have to put all of the additional details into one integrative story for my first experience.
I felt myself disassociating during the retelling of what happened throughout each instance of adding additional details. I am very scared, but I knew this was going to happen. I know without talking about this is going to bring up different emotions and feelings, and also, my urge to avoid talking about the abuse.[/size]
   
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Re: Dissociated during trauma narrative - February 8th 2019, 01:14 AM

It is great to hear that you're working through the abuse you experienced, but working through it can be so hard sometimes! You're brave for it.

Something I have noticed in my own therapy is that some aspects of trauma do get a bit easier to express with time, while others do not. It kind of depends on how things are for you but I do think it will improve for you, even if only a little.

Can you bring anything to therapy to help you feel safe or more present? Some people bring different sensory objects. I will actually bring a blanket into therapy to wrap around me and sometimes I will bring other stuff, like a stress ball or something to fidget with to keep more present.

Are you comfortable working on your therapy assignments and such outside of therapy? If you can, you can write the experience out a few times and then slowly try verbalizing it as you feel comfortable; kind of like a slow exposure at your own pace. It'll give you a chance to work on it before you present the homework in the session.

You can do this! You are welcome to message me anytime. I know online is not the same but if you would like to practice writing it out, you can send it along to me.


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