How do you set up a situation where you can safely talk about something painful from your past? Today’s episode was sparked by a listener telling me that she’d been sexually abused, and is now dissociating during sex with her very loving husband. He’s aware of her history, but hasn’t a clue about what she’s truly experiencing. How could she open up to him? I’ll be going over seven steps to that will help to create as much safety as possible for that emotional conversation.
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The listener email is from a woman who’s identified with perfectly hidden depression, but is quite concerned about finding a therapist that will maintain her confidentiality.
Important Links mentioned in the episode:
Episode 007 on the pros and cons of telling about sexual abuse
The Body Keeps the Score: Bessel Van Der Kolk
Courage to Heal Workbook for Partners called Allies for Healing
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