Therapists should be able to meet their clients where they are, and help you find your truest self, BE your truest self. If you can better communicate through color or movement or rhythm, seize that!
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.
If there’s a thing I’ve learned in my life it’s to not be afraid of the responsibility that comes with caring for other people. What we do for love: those things endure.