Anyone who’s ever worked with trauma survivors knows the therapeutic challenge of helping them deal with the overwhelming emotional cascade so often triggered by seemingly innocent life events. I recall one client once telling me a story about how even the most mundane errand could leave her in a state of helpless terror. “Yesterday, I was trying to do the grocery shopping,” she recounted. “I saw a man who looked like my father, panicked, and almost threw up. I had to leave my cart and get out of the store.” Too often, no matter how skillful we may be at helping trauma survivors deal with their emotions, thoughts, and bodily sensations, they can be overcome by the bewildering intensity of their feelings. Click here to read more…
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