|Posted on August 26, 2018 at 1:35 PM|
When a person goes through a trauma, there is often damage to the psychological structure of a person (ego). A person in a crisis selects only some parts of the self to cope with the trauma. A person facing a trauma will automatically and unconsciously utilize the part of themselves that is most useful to deal wiht the present crisis. After the trauma event, it may feel like a part of themselves got lost along the way. They wonder, "what happened to the old me? I used to do this activity or I used to be interested in that topic". They may say things like: the trauma "took a piece of me" or "shattered me" or "left me a changed person." Often people feel emotionally weaker and unable to face the challenges that were previously easy. The missing piece of trauma treatment is often ego repair. It is important to reconnect the pre-trauma self with the post-trauma self. The lost traits and strengths of a person can be restored. Trauma forces a person to utilize their personal strengths in new, previously unrecognized ways. One's strengths seem to be buried with the trauma. Therapy can restore and enhance these strengths in a powerful way. Revisioning Psychotherapy can restore pre-trauma ego strengths and combine them with the positive growth that has occurred because of the trauma. In my opinion, trauma therapy is not complete until the ego has been restored and made stronger. It is important to feel like you've got your old self back again-only better.