Treating The Adult Survivor Of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Jody Messler Davies, Mary Gail Frawley

Getting into the tumultuous, dissociated world of the grownup survivor of childhood sexual abuse presents an intimidating problem for clinicians. However because the authors of this revolutionary e-book argue, therapists should be prepared and in a position to work throughout the highly effective and quickly shifting relational paradigms of transference and countertransference generally present in remedy of those sufferers. Such twin roles enacted in remedy embrace the unseeing, uninvolved mother or father and the unseen, uncared for little one; the sadistic abuser and the helpless, enraged sufferer; the idealized rescuer and the entitled little one; and the seducer and the seduced.That is the primary mannequin for remedy of grownup survivors of childhood sexual abuse that takes benefit of a relational method and that integrates psychoanalytic pondering with the most recent findings from the literature on psychological trauma and sexual abuse. Diverging from a extra classical perspective, the authors view dissociation because the means by which an individual adapts to and expresses traumatogenic materials and by which such sufferers defend in opposition to traumatic reminiscences, impacts, and fantasy gildings rising into consciousness. The authors additionally element how dissociation helps manage the affected person’s persona and presentation of self.Richly illustrated case examples carry to life the authors’ remedy mannequin and present how clinicians can work by the relational paradigms between affected person and therapist and, in the end, attain the core of the affected person’s deeply buried experiences of self and different.