Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship Paperback – September 25, 2012
by Laurence Heller Ph.D. (Author), Aline LaPierre Psy.D. (Author)
As the work with the oases of organization continues, clients experience increasing affect regulation and expansion. In a natural movement of pendulation, areas of disorganization–including painful affects, negative belief, shame-based identifications, and other symptoms–inevitably surface. Only when clients are stabilized should the therapist redirect their attention to the original painful narrative. The therapist helps clients learn to manage difficult affects as they surface, teaching them to hold the dual awareness of their emotional pain while helping them see that these painful affects are often relics of the past. It is important not to push painful affects away, but at the same time, it is equally important not to reinforce identification with them or get submerged in them. This mindful dual-awareness process supports increasing organization, and the increasing organization in turn supports a greater capacity for mindfulness.