We usually associate trauma with war, natural disasters or major accidents. However, adverse life circumstances, traumatic stress and mental health problems are recurrent obstacles to adults as these traumatic factors have a direct impact on the well-being of a person and distract one's perceptions and functioning. In practice this means that the past is constantly affecting the present.
When these overwhelming events are discussed in the presence of a skilled and empathic therapist, we can get to the root of the traumatic experiences. Over the past 20 years I have worked with survivors of sexual abuse, ritual abuse and mind control. I have successfully worked with some people who were deemed unsuitable for therapy. I specialise in PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder), DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), as well as other trauma related difficulties.
I have written articles, book chapters and spoken at international trauma conferences. I am a member of ISSTD (International Society for Trauma & Dissociation) and ESTD (European Society for Trauma & Dissociation).
If I give you my story
how would I know
that you won’t turn it
into rock and stones
rigid like my battered bones?
That your ears are not so broken
and your heart is not so shaken
that your imperfect mind
will not use some cheap metaphors
that our projections (you call countertransference)
become your shrine
and that your patient smile
is not for me to abhor
Instead, little by little
you can tell
that the need for my hell
is to become a feather
floating on a broken wave
away from the daily rave
to unknown land
still close to our hearts
yet slightly further from the past
repeating old mistakes
(Admit) your truth is not universal
but for me to choose and take in,
I think that’s what you mean
when you talk about trust.
Orit Badouk Epstein (published in ISSTD newsletter,2018)