Child sexual abuse and complex trauma (prolonged/repeated severe trauma/abuse) are both specialised fields where only those experienced, educated and insightful enough, should be treating/counselling anyone. Or writing about it.
I have come to realise how many counsellors/therapists/psychologists etc are no where near trauma/complex trauma informed/educated enough to treat appropriately. Many work well outside of their capability to treat/counsel. They generalise trauma, minimize severe trauma/suffering and re-traumatise survivors all the time and they lack empathy/insight to care/understand. And they shame survivors as a result.
This is really re-traumatising to survivors, many of whom have had the severe abuse minimized when it was occurring, or when they told someone about it.
Severe child abuse survivors, often have their trauma minimized. Many people do not want, or lack empathy to deal with the truth about severe child abuse and severe child sexual abuse.
It is hurtful, upsetting, re-traumatising, triggering and downright dangerous when people minimize severe abuse.
It can push people over the edge and if suicidal, it can cause suicide.
People who lack empathy and lack understanding of severe, prolonged, complex trauma – need to keep quiet. They cause more harm, than good.
This blog post has been really well received on Twitter, including by some professionals.
It was re-posted by University Of Liverpool Hearing Voices Study, two trainee clinical psychologists completing research and studies @ http://www.hearingvoicesresearch.org.uk/