This was a post today, and I have received so many like this, about the failure of counsellors/therapists, to adequately treat trauma survivors.
“Lilly, I am so glad I found you and your site.
I have been working with my issues for many years. I’ve done very well so far, but none of the counsellors I’ve seen have ever told me about complex PTSD. In fact, I don’t think any of them even tried to do anything to help me manage my PTSD.
Just one article on your page has made an incredible difference.
I am aware of much of my self-talk, but was not aware of the level that comes from early childhood abuse. Since I read that article, I have been catching an incredible amount and responding back to it! I don’t feel any differences yet, but stopping the previously hidden perfectionist/fear chatter has to be a good thing.”
In my opinion, there are far too many counsellors/therapists working outside of their experience/knowledge/insight capacity, to effectively treat trauma survivors.
I liken this to thinking you can receive cancer treatment from your family doctor. Of course this is not going to be adequate. Mental health, is no different. It needs specialised treatment and care.
I am blessed to have a counsellor who does understand and have insight into trauma, but for someone to not even understand the ‘inner self talk’ issues trauma survivors can have, or even know about Complex PTSD…..is very worrying.
PTSD, Complex PTSD and trauma induced mental health issues, need to be dealt with by people adequately trained, experienced and insightful…..which is not a common combination.
And I do see how some counselling is better than nothing, although it can lead to further issues being created and if not adequate, will not result in full healing.