SAFETY IS ESSENTIAL FOR HEALING
In order to process and integrate our sexual trauma stories, we need to feel safe. Writing about sexual trauma is very difficult and overwhelming and requires support and compassion from self and from others. If you find the writing prompts in this workshop too difficult, it is okay to take a break and come back later. It is also okay to stop. Caring for yourself compassionately is essential.
One way we can bring healing to our sexual trauma stories is to bring compassion and understanding to our experience. It can be challenging to be loving to ourselves because trauma often produces shame, and shame is the feeling that there is something wrong with us. It can help to imagine a friend or loved one who has a difficult story to share, how would you respond to this friend or loved one as they explored and shared their story with you? How would you show support and compassion? What would this friend or loved one need to hear to feel safe and understood? Try to bring this same understanding and compassion to yourself and your own story.
Dr. Kristen Neff is a leading authority on the benefits of self-compassion. She has developed helpful meditations and practices to help individuals develop more self-compassion in their lives. Click on the link below to visit her website and learn more.
This workshop is not meant to replace the support that comes from a licensed, trauma-informed therapist or medical provider. The exercises in this workshop could bring up triggers and intense emotions. Please seek the support you need to navigate this workshop in a safe and gentle way.
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