Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy
The prevalence of trauma means that most therapists work with survivors at one time or another. Traumatic events are not always identified as issues initially, but can surface in the course of therapy, sometimes taking therapists by surprise. When this occurs, many therapists encourage survivors to talk about what happened in detail, with the aim of promoting healing. Although this process seems cathartic for survivors, it has its dangers. This chapter explores working effectively with survivors in therapy. Dealing with safety and trust issues by building secure therapeutic relationships, and working with partners and family members of survivors are also addressed.