How Mental Health Therapy can Help Victims of Sexual Harassment
Good mental health is a cornerstone to recovering from sexual harassment. It definitely has been for me. Here is what I have learned so far.
Whether you are the victim of this, witness to this or mental health expert, if you have experience with the positive impact this kind of treatment can offer to help you deal with and heal from sexual harassment and retaliation, please share your thoughts in the comments. Your opinions and experiences will help us all learn just how important and valuable good mental health is for our selves as well as our colleagues and community.
We All Have Hurts
But it’s not often that we admit them. With the right kind of therapy, we can identify those hurts, heal them and learn how not to get hurt again.
I thought my hurts were all recent and on the surface. But the more I explored my hurts in therapy, the more I realized that the hurts went as far back as my early childhood and were buried deep in me, almost forgotten.
For me to get through the 5 stages of grief and loss, identified by Elisabeth Kubler Ross, I needed to look at all the hurts.
Dealing with Trauma
When I first showed up at my therapist’s office I was peaking in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I was also very reluctant to share my story or explore my hurts with her. I had serious trust issues.
To help me as quickly as possible, my therapist gave me physical exercises to do. Why? Because even if our minds forget the trauma, our bodies still hold on to it, until we can let it go.
I have heard of or used the following exercises. Be sure to consult your doctor before trying them.
- Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)
Are there more techniques out there? What are they and how do they work?
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