Someone is stuck if…

“Can’t” is the response to every suggestion
In therapy, can’t is harder to overcome than just about anything else. I’m not talking about I can’t speak Mandarin, but can’t as far as coping skills and activities and future plans. I can’t do this, I can’t do that. It’s truly debilitating when you think about it. When someone it really means, “that would be difficult,” or “I choose not to”, the person using it is stuck.

from-3 Ways to Tell if Someone is Stuck

It’s always seemed odd to me that art therapy was its own thing, separate from “regular” therapy. As someone who has long struggled with verbal language, I’ve always thought that a therapist who was any good would be prepared to communicate with clients on their terms. Communication happens so many ways: verbally, physically, through art or song. Why wouldn’t I use all those tools when helping someone? And why wouldn’t I give them the chance to communicate with something other than spoken word if there was a better way?
from When Words Fail in Therapy

It’s always seemed odd to me that art therapy was its own thing, separate from “regular” therapy. As someone who has long struggled with verbal language, I’ve always thought that a therapist who was any good would be prepared to communicate with clients on their terms. Communication happens so many ways: verbally, physically, through art or song. Why wouldn’t I use all those tools when helping someone? And why wouldn’t I give them the chance to communicate with something other than spoken word if there was a better way?

from When Words Fail in Therapy

See if you can identify which people had the type of experience that leads to vicarious trauma (assume they meet the other criteria for PTSD).

A. Homicide detective has been working murder scenes for several years. Lately, images from several cases keep popping up as he goes about his daily routine.

B. A man who observed his father beating his mother repeatedly now struggles to connect with women he’s dating, and has poor emotional regulation.

C. Sexual assault hotline counselor has been having nightmares and is suspicious of men she encounters.

D. You felt anxious for weeks after the 9/11 attacks

E. A man supports his girlfriend after she’s been assaulted, including hearing her tell her story a few times. Now he experiences bouts of rage at small inconveniences.