One on one psychotherapy was and is at the forefront of my understanding, processing and healing from the trauma of child abuse.
If possible, to have an extremely knowledgable, experienced, compassionate and motivational PROFESSIONAL to guide one through the vulnerable, frightening, complex, unpredictable, and profound journey from child abuse VICTIM to SURVIVOR to THRIVER is of indispensable benefit. To have a professional third party, someone who's life, yours does not effect and someone who truly understands (very few people will) what you are going through and what it is that you need to heal is such an important element to the healing journey.
Below are some Psychotherapeutic techniques I have found incredibly helpful.
*These techniques are not only useful for survivors of child abuse but anybody who has experienced any level of any trauma can also receive immense benefit from them.
E.M.D.R. = EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING
E.M.D.R. is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. E.M.D.R. is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, E.M.D.R. has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.
SOMATIC EXPERIENCING (SE™) is a potent psychobiological method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. It is the life's work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application. The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.
SE teaches that trauma is not caused by the event itself, but rather develops through the failure of the body, psyche, and nervous system to process adverse events. SE facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms. This is approached by gently guiding clients to develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions.