Talking vs. Processing in Trauma Therapy

Posted: March 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

Very important information for survivors in the process of healing.

Dr. Kathleen Young: Treating Trauma in Tucson

This post was inspired by a Twitter conversation I had with the illustrious cartoonist of all things therapy related,  @TherapyTales , about this Tweet:

There us a difference between “telling” the story of trauma and “processing” through the trauma. One brings more pain-the other relief. –@zebraspolkadots

When @TherapyTales offered to draw an accompanying ‘toon if I wrote a post on the subject, how could I refuse?  The Tweet resonated with me as I do see this difference in my work with trauma survivors. What is the difference? What do trauma therapists mean when we talk about “processing” trauma? How is this different from talking about it?

Some trauma survivors come into therapy unable to share their stories. Others may recount their traumatic experiences freely, but in a manner that appears disconnected. It seems as if they are talking about someone else (and in the case of dissociative identity disorder, they…

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