This is an introduction to working with interpersonal trauma. It is teleological, field based, deeply democratic and includes a video, with time for questions and discussion. I cover basic definitions and maps of the territory of recovery: Judith Herman’s 3-stage model of recovery (victim, survivor, thriver), and Arny Mindell’s 4 phases of process, a deeply democratic approach to trauma.
Traumatic impact is among the most painful experiences a person can have and also contains an embedded, often graphic invitation to radically reconfigure; transform the sense of meaning in one’s life. Trauma breaks the normal frame we take for granted – family, safety, love. Finding meaning creates new possibilities; ways to relate to life that are deeper than what happens to us.
As a longtime therapist/facilitator I work with clients living in a world stuffed with suffering, and I live with my own herstory of complex trauma. I am passionate about transforming the agony into something useful and want to make the recovery journey achievable and meaningful.