If you’ve read my PTSD recovery memoir, BEFORE THE WORLD INTRUDED , then you know what a disaster my recovery process was. I tried sooo many healing modalities and techniques and none of them worked! I would get a little bit better, or maybe slide into a whole lot worse. No matter what I did it seemed I couldn’t get it right. Was the problem me or my practitioner?
The true answer: Both.
First, the problem was that I just flat out didn’t want to do the work to heal. I was afraid, coping and full of anxiety already. What the hell would I do if healing brought on even more of all that?
Second, the problem was that for a long time I was with a therapist I really liked but who didn’t really know much about trauma recovery and didn’t know squat about PTSD.
This was the tragedy of my recovery: I spent eight years in talk therapy with a therapist I really liked but who didn’t know the first thing about helping me truly, deeply, lastingly heal. What to do? I was in a bit of a picklish meltdown when I decided to chuck it all and start over. I cut ties with my therapist and decided to take my recovery by the reigns and find someone who I could turn myself over to with a feeling of safety, assurance and knowledge. I decided, for the first time, to do some research, advocate for myself, and interview practitioners until I felt I’d found the right person to get me where I wanted to go.
Noah’s own personal story of trauma recovery and what he learned along the way that made him found GoodTherapy.org
how to find a good therapist
what are the most important qualities to look for in a therapist
how to interview a therapist
how to assess your therapeutic connection and know you’re working with the right person
what to do when you feel you’re working with the wrong person
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