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The last track presented a brief overview of the three stages of recovery. These stages are discovery, active healing, and integration. In releasing the pain associated with childhood sexual abuse we also looked at how the Family Mottos Technique can offer opportunities to understanding influences from the past.
On this track, we will discuss the four parts
of the childhood sexual abuse experience: body, emotions, mind & spirit and
how they can provide Windows into the Past for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. At the end of the track, we will look at how your client might benefit
from Dialoguing with the Body.
1. Window into the Past: Body
I asked Gina whether perhaps her physical body remembered what had happened, even though Gina had repressed the memory, and whether her constipation might somehow be connected. Think of your Gina who exhibits physical symptoms which may be a physical expression of abuse she has suffered? You might consider using the Dialoguing with Your Body exercise described at the end of this track.
2. Window into the Past: Emotions
Think of your Gina who has this strong emotional memory of fear, anxiety, and panic. Perhaps the Dialoguing with Your Body exercise may be of assistance.
3. Window into the Past: Mind
4. Window into the Past: Spirit
Maria, age 18 who had a strong religious upbringing stated, "I feel somehow my spirit remained untouched." Maria described her spirit this way, "When I began these sessions, I always felt overwhelmed at school, at home, everywhere. I thought every part of me was wounded and hurt. I felt that everything about me had been molested by this monster, my Uncle Stan. It was very comforting for me to realize a part of myself had remained resistant to the shame and fear I felt. I could sense inside me at my very core, something that there was something that transcended my emotions, mind and body. It's sort of like the core of me was somehow pure and uninjured by what my uncle did to me. I liked that idea that there was an untouched part, sort like my soul or my spirit, or some kind of essence was untouched. It gave me hope."
Has your Maria expressed an awareness of some form of a spiritual or untouched core? If so, what words did she use to describe this "untouched" part of her? Would it be beneficial in your next session to reinforce the fact that not all parts of her were violated?
Technique: Dialoguing with Your Body
Four weeks later, Gina stated, with the assistance
of no focusing statement:
As Gina continued dialoguing with her body, she found it was a great source of "inner information," and a way to look into her feelings and memories. She stated, "I've gained a deeper understanding of my attitudes, feelings, and beliefs. I can see how they connect to my past. I don't have to respond that way anymore." A few months after Gina began dialoguing with her body regarding her sexual abuse, her constipation and rectal bleeding stopped.
Consider your Gina. Would the "Dialoguing with Your Body" technique help your client understand his or her current behavior?
On this track, we have discussed four parts of the childhood sexual abuse experience: body, emotions, mind and spirit and how they provide a "Window into the Past". We have also seen how Dialoging with the Body can help your clients gain a better understanding of their feelings, emotions and memories.
On the next track we will focus on a technique I have found successful to help clients who are living with the secrets of sexual abuse to Releasing Emotional Energy of held pain.
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