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Recovering from abuse takes time. It is important to remember that recovery doesn’t occur perfectly for anyone and there will be relapses during the recovery process. This is normal and it is to be expected. A Relapse Prevention Plan is something that may be helpful to you in preventing a relapse. more>>
Common Misconceptions about Healing
Before leaving psychiatric nursing to devote more time to advocacy work, I wrote some hand-outs for my patients. No matter what the trauma, no matter what the diagnosis, no matter if the patient was suffering from a chronic or an acute condition, I found that many profited from one that helped clarify some of the common myths about healing. more >>
Suggestions For Healing
Many creative suggestions from Sara Lambert for healing. more >>
Sitting With Feelings
Many abuse survivors find it hard to tolerate having feelings, even positive ones like joy. After a lifetimes of automatically dissociating from emotion for self-protection, it can be really scary to allow yourself to feel again. A common defense is to “act out” instead of getting in touch with your feelings. For example, you may throw yourself into work when you are scared about something, in order to divert yourself from the fear. more >>
Having boundaries is a normal activity that survivors can have difficulty with. Boundaries are about your relationship with distance, time, space, emotions and thoughts. Having conscious boundaries is being able to know and decide when, where and with whom you merge. more >>
Ideas for nurturing oneself, including soothing words, soothing deeds, keeping busy/health distractions, taking care of your body and releasing physical energy. more >>
The Process Of Recovery From Abuse
The process of recovery from abuse is long, demanding and very individual. It requires and deserves much support and safety from other people. more >>
Creating And Enhancing Your Personal Support
It is important to think about what help or support you need and make a list of those whom you trust to turn to. Dividing your requests for support between different people can ensure that you receive a helpful diversity of care. It will also prevent burning out one ally whom you have to lean on too much or too often. more >>
No, It Was Not Your Fault!
One of the things that sympathetic friends find so hard to understand about survivors of childhood sexual abuse is why we feel responsible for the very abuse that was inflicted upon us. “You were a child!” they plead. “You were little. You couldn’t have stopped it!” Well, my adult mind knows that. But getting my feelings to agree is a different matter. more >>
Still Think the Abuse Was Your Fault?
Unlearning the lifelong habit of taking responsibility for our childhood sexual abuse takes practice. I want to share with you some of the practices that have helped me silence the voice that shouts, “It’s all your fault.” more >>
An Eloquent Champion for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
John Briere, Ph. D., is a trauma specialist, a therapist, a researcher, and the author of over 40 professional articles and three books on working with adult survivors of child abuse. He is also a frequent lecturer to professional groups, giving several workshops a month across the U.S. on working with trauma survivors, especially survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Dr. Briere is a psychiatry professor at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. more >>
Learning To Negotiate
Often in your life you will have disagreements and conflict with the people around you. If it has gone on for a while it is likely that you are pretty mad by the time you get to negotiate and the first rule is to keep your temper. Getting angry as a way of trying to negotiate an issue NEVER works. more >>
We all face conflict at some time in our lives. But it doesn’t always have to be negative, it doesn’t have to end up as a war! In fact if you learn skills to deal with conflict there can be some really positive and satisfying outcomes. more >>
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