Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Telling the trauma story to understanding survivors is one of the key components of our online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Insights about the truth of what happened will emerge as you write. Trauma memories tend to be somewhat disorganised compared to other types of memories. They're often stored in fragments, disconnected from a clear narrative and a broader context. Existing research suggests that these differences are detectable in the brain, with unprocessed trauma memories showing less involvement of areas like the hippocampus that provide context to our experience.
Timing is also important. It may take time before you're at the point where you're able to put the trauma into words. Be patient with yourself, recognising that "not now" doesn't have to mean "never." Again, you get to decide when, where, and how you tell your story, which is a crucial part of owning the events of your life.
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